Washington State is set become the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage after the state Senate passed a bill last night approving the measure. The bill now moves to the House, where it is expected to find swift approval next week before Gov. Chris Gregoire—who also supports the issue—signs the bill into law.
The Senate passed the bill 28-21 thanks in part to four Republicans who crossed the aisle to vote with the majority. According to the bill's sponsor, Democratic Sen. Ed Murray, same-sex marriage "is as contentious as any issue that this body has considered in its history."
Read about the first same-sex wedding performed in New York, the most recent state to legalize gay marriage, here.
—Phillip B. Crook