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Washington state set to legalize gay marriage

Washington state set to legalize gay marriage

A bill that would legalize same sex marriage in the state of Washington has passed the state Senate with a vote of 28-21.   But the hurdles are not yet overcome.  Slate reports:

With both the state House and Gov. Christine Gregoire publicly backing the measure, it should have no trouble becoming law in the state. But after that, it'll face one more legal challenge, the Associated Press reports.

Although a referendum amendment didn't make it into the bill, opponents will have until June 6 to collect 120,577 signatures to force a vote on the November ballot. If they can't do that, couples will be able to marry this summer. If they're successful, same-sex couples will have to wait and see what happens in November, the AP notes.

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