In a 55-43 vote, the state house approved legislation Wednesday, Feb. 8, legalizing same sex marriage. The legislation in a 28-21 vote. Gov. Chris Gregoire said after the vote Wednesday that she will sign the bill.
“This is truly a historic day in Washington state, and one where I couldn’t be more proud. With today’s vote, we tell the nation that Washington state will no longer deny our citizens the opportunity to marry the person they love. We tell every child of same-sex couples that their family is every bit as equal and important as all other families in our state. And we take a major step toward completing a long and important journey to end discrimination based on sexual orientation,” she posted on her website after Wednesday's vote.
“I commend our House members and thank Rep. Jamie Pedersen for sponsoring this bill. Our legislators showed courage, respect, and professionalism. I look forward to signing this piece of legislation, and putting into law an end to an era of discrimination.”
She is expected to announce Thursday when she will sign the legislation.