OLYMPIA, Wash. – In the words of one gay couple: it’s a “pre-Valentine’s Day” gift. Washington Governor Chris Gregoire today signed into law a measure to give same-sex couples the right to marry. The packed and emotional bill-signing took place in a ceremonial room at the statehouse.
“I am proud as governor of the great state of Washington to sign a bill making marriage equality present in our state," Gergoire said. "Congratulations everyone".”
The new marriage equality law effectively repeals Washington’s Defense of Marriage Act passed in 1998. But same-sex couples can’t marry right away. The new law doesn’t take effect for 90 days.
Opponents planned to immediately file a referendum to repeal the measure. If they collect enough signatures by June, the law will remain on hold until the results of the November election are in.
Washington would be the seventh state to allow same-sex couples to wed.
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