OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington lawmakers say they now have the last “yes” vote they need to pass same-sex marriage in the state.
Cheers from gay rights supporters filled the room as state Senator Ed Murray announced that news at a press conference Monday in Olympia. The 25th vote comes from Democratic State Senator Mary Margaret Haugen.
Opponents of gay marriage want to put the idea to a vote of the people. So even though the legislative votes are there, Murray says same-sex marriage is not a done deal yet in Washington.
“It’ll be difficult. I mean, there’s no doubt about it," Murray says. "But I’m confident that the state is now with us on this issue. That in an issue of marriage equality, we are now in the mainstream.”
Murray says he hopes that he’ll pick up even more votes in the state Senate. The proposal is also expected to pass in the Washington House of Representatives. If it does pass, Washington would be one of seven states and the District of Columbia to legalize same-sex marriage.
On the Web:
Senate bill (SB 6239): http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=6239
House bill (HB 2516): http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=2516
Same-sex marriage laws by state: http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/human-services/same-sex-marriage.aspx
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