OLYMPIA — In a 55-43 vote, the Washington State House of Representatives passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, sending the bill to the governor for promised signature.
The Senate passed the bill 28-21 last week and floor debate on the bill was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in the lower house where the bill was expected to find wide support, according to media reports.
After the bill’s success in the Senate, Gov. Christine Gregoire declared, “tonight Washington State stood up for what is right and told all families in our state that they are equal and that the state cannot be in the business of discrimination.”
Though the governor has promised her signature, the law is likely to face a referendum, postponing wedded bliss for same-sex couples until after election day.
In 2009, a referendum approving an expansion of rights for same-sex couples was passed by voters after opponents attempted to derail the legislative move. With today’s vote, Washington becomes the first state to reverse a “Defense of Marriage Act” like state law, according to Pam’s House Blend.