Marriage Equality Nearly Reality in Washington State
By Jason Carson Wilson
A marriage equality bill is slated to land on Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire’s desk this week. Unlike New Jersey, Gregoire is ready and willing to sign the legislation, according to the Advocate.
Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire
The Associated Press reported Washington state Senate passed the bill by a vote of 28-21. A House vote is expected as early as Wednesday. Passage, by a wide margin, is nearly guaranteed. Washington would become the seventh state to legally recognize gay marriage.
Marriage equality foes vow to put the gay marriage law on the November ballot. If that’s successful, Washington would join states like Minnesota and North Carolina putting civil rights up for a vote.
“The people will have final say, and they will reject same-sex marriage,” National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown said in an Advocate interview.
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