The only thing left is Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire’s signature.
Legislation legalizing gay marriage is on its way to the governor after passing the state House by a 55-43 vote on Wednesday.
Gregoire, who supports the measure and watched as lawmakers voted, has five days to sign the bill after it’s sent to her office. She’s expected to announce Thursday when she’ll sign the measure.
There was never any doubt the legislation would be approved in the House. More than 50 lawmakers announced support for the bill before it came up for a vote.
The biggest hurdle was the state Senate, which has conservative Democrats opposed to the measure. Even there, it passed last week with a 28-21 vote.
Gay marriage wins final legislative approval in Washington state
Reuters, By Nicole Neroulias, February 8
Olympia, WA – A bill to legalize gay marriage in Washington state won final legislative approval on Wednesday in a largely party-line vote that moved the state to the cusp of becoming the seventh in the nation to recognize same-sex nuptials.
Washington’s Democratic Governor Christine Gregoire said she looked forward to signing the measure and “putting into law an end to an era of discrimination” even as opponents, led by religious conservatives, vowed to seek its repeal at the polls in November.