Washington State Legalizing Gay Marriage
Bill expected to be signed within days
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2012 12:16 AM CST
Updated Feb 9, 2012 3:54 AM CST
An opponent places a sign against gay marriage in the Capitol rotunda before yesterday's vote.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

(Newser) – A measure making Washington the seventh state to allow gay marriage has cleared its final legislative hurdle. The state House passed the bill—which cleared the state Senate last week—and it is now headed for the desk of Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire, who has promised to sign it, reports AP. The bill is set to take effect in June, but opponents plan to gather enough signatures before then to put it on hold pending a statewide referendum in November.

The bill passed the House largely along party lines, with just three Democrats voting against it. "Someone made the comment that this not about equality. Well, yes, it is about equality," said Rep. Maureen Walsh, one of two Republicans who voted for the measure. "My daughter came out of the closet a couple of years ago. I thought I would agonize about that. But nothing is different," she said. "She's still a fabulous human being, and she's met a person that she loves very much, and someday, by God, I want to throw a wedding for that kid."

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Feb 10, 2012 1:35 PM CST
..........and she's met a person that she loves very much........... yes but this is not an argument for marriage between same sexes. just because I love somebody doesn't mean that we should or are allowed to get married. Talking about equality for all can be a real sticky topic I Mean why shouldn't a 50 yr old man marry a 15 yr old girl. Are you going to deny the fact that they love each other. This opens a can of worms that shouldn't be opened.
Feb 9, 2012 4:31 PM CST
Sick and disgusting Washington state legislators. What's next? Passing "bills" that recognize pedophiles and zoophiles? One more state to boycott.
Feb 9, 2012 9:13 AM CST
what is with the obsession over "sins" that others' are committing? I don't care in the slightest what people that are in no way associated or related to me do with their lives' . i know the only actions that count and are going to impact my life at the end of the day are my own and nothing else is going to determine my fate or my destiny. it really doesn't make sense to spend my entire life concerned and worrying what other people are doing and no amount of pandering or bitching or complaining is going to do a damn thing (not that i would anyway). Oh, and i forgot to mention that this is NOT a sin. so fuck off and leave it alone, worry about you and your own life. if you have sexually insecure and uncomfortable feelings that is your problem, not the entire world's.