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Washington House of Representatives Approves Gay Marriage Bill

Washington state will become the seventh state in the union to legalize same-sex marriage if Gov. Gregoire signs the legislation as she promised Wednesday after the house approved the bill.

In a 55-43 vote, the state house approved legislation Wednesday, Feb. 8, legalizing same sex marriage.

The legislation  in a 28-21 vote. Gov. Chris Gregoire said after the vote Wednesday that she will sign the bill.

“This is truly a historic day in Washington state, and one where I couldn’t be more proud. With today’s vote, we tell the nation that Washington state will no longer deny our citizens the opportunity to marry the person they love. We tell every child of same-sex couples that their family is every bit as equal and important as all other families in our state. And we take a major step toward completing a long and important journey to end discrimination based on sexual orientation,” she posted on her website after Wednesday's vote. 

Gregoire is expected to announce Thursday when she will sign the legislation.

PacNrthWst February 09, 2012 at 10:07 PM
For those opposed to this bill please email your senator and representatives and let them know how you feel. Let your voice be heard when it comes time to re-elect those that voted in favor of this bill. Also, get your signature on the referendum which will be issued shortly after the governor signs the legislation.
Kaedy Nelson February 10, 2012 at 05:05 AM
I am thankful that this passed and will get signed. Equal rights for all, not just some.
Harborite February 10, 2012 at 08:34 PM
My pen is waiting ....
Clarence Oxier February 12, 2012 at 12:27 AM
I wonder where the inititives will be to be able to gather signatures?Locations anyone?
Dingo February 14, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Come on, this is a Washingtonian thing not a republican or democrat thing. I love living in this state because the one thing we have in common no matter what your affiliation is our much loved right to privacy. Our state is unique in that fact I've never come across another state that has liberal gun laws, liberal reproduction laws,and now liberal marriage laws, we repspect each others rights and don't infringe on them, compare that to the other states of the union, I'll take this state any day of the week. What we don't like is more taxes because we don't where the money is going, we don't like outsiders telling us what to do or what to believe in or dictate to us who we should vote for. We have our own attitude in this state which is "live and let live" and that attitude precedes any and all political, religious or personal affiliations or convictions. Be proud of that instead of ashamed.
Tonto February 14, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Next comes the owner - pet marriage. Walk the isle with your German shephard. Live and let live :)

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