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same sex marriage bill passes

8:17 pm - 02/01/2012

State Senate approves gay marriage bill

The state Senate passed legislation Wednesday night that legalizes gay marriage. The bill now goes to the House, where it's expected to pass easily.

OLYMPIA — A bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Washington cleared its biggest legislative hurdle Wednesday night in a historic vote by the state Senate.

Lawmakers approved the bill 28 to 21. The measure now heads for the House where it's expected to easily pass as early as next week. The governor supports the bill as well.

Washington would become the seventh state to legalize gay marriage.

The outcome, while expected, culminates more than decade of work by Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, the prime sponsor of the bill, and the gay and lesbian community.

"A lot of people are just stunned, particularly people my age and older, to think this day would actually come in our lifetime," Murray told reporters before the vote.

Gay marriage opponents have promised to challenge any same-sex marriage law at the ballot. A referendum cannot be filed until the governor signs the legislation.

The bill is SB 6239.

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schexyschteve 2nd-Feb-2012 05:01 am (UTC)

monaes 2nd-Feb-2012 05:02 am (UTC)
praise my state rn
comalies 2nd-Feb-2012 05:03 am (UTC)
I'd like to see them make that referendum, it will be fun to watch it utterly fail.
nikoel 2nd-Feb-2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
Except that it's just plain wrong for the majority to vote on the rights of the minority.
astridmyrna 2nd-Feb-2012 05:05 am (UTC)
itcamefromjapan 2nd-Feb-2012 05:09 am (UTC)
fickery 2nd-Feb-2012 05:10 am (UTC)
Just watching this on the news right now. It's so great to see the crowd gathered in the gallery crying and cheering and hugging and high-fiving.

And after so many years of waiting, I love how fast this is moving.
starrynights86 2nd-Feb-2012 05:19 am (UTC)
Yay! I love my state sometimes.
poetic_pixie_13 2nd-Feb-2012 05:19 am (UTC)

schexyschteve 2nd-Feb-2012 05:26 am (UTC)
chimbleysweep 2nd-Feb-2012 05:31 am (UTC)
Go state go. I love you and I like it when you don't disappoint me.
13chapters 2nd-Feb-2012 05:40 am (UTC)
Yay Washington! Finally, some GOOD news!

still wondering when we gonna have gay marriage again in CA. wtf court system, why you take so long?
sakura_no_miko 2nd-Feb-2012 07:35 am (UTC)
http://www.prop8trialtracker.com/ is a good site for figuring out the CA mess.
http://www.prop8trialtracker.com/2011/11/23/where-things-stand-with-the-prop-8-trial/ is their up-to-date explanation. We're waiting on the 9th district court of appeals to make a decision on CA Judge Walker's verdict against prop 8, more or less. To uphold his overturning or not, I mean.
tigerdreams 2nd-Feb-2012 05:41 am (UTC)
Yay Washington!
lightbird777 2nd-Feb-2012 06:15 am (UTC)
wikilobbying 2nd-Feb-2012 06:29 am (UTC)
get it, washington!
romp 2nd-Feb-2012 06:39 am (UTC)
Yay Washington!
sephystabbity 2nd-Feb-2012 06:41 am (UTC)
skellington1 2nd-Feb-2012 06:51 am (UTC)
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