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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-12 08:39 PM
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Washington state legislature votes to approve same-sex marriage
Source: CNN

CNN) -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers in
Washington State voted Wednesday in favor
of a bill that would legalize same-sex
marriage, putting Washington on the path
toward becoming the seventh state in the
nation to legalize marriage for gay and
lesbian couples.
"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," said Gov. Chris Gregoire, a
Demorcrat who has vowed to sign it. "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."
The law will go into effect in June, when the
legislative session ends, unless opponents
halt its implementation by putting it on the
November 2012 ballot.
The 55-43 vote in the House included two
Republicans in support of the bill. The
Senate vote last week was 28-21 and
included four Republicans.

Read more: www.cnn.com/2012/02/08/us/washington-same-sex-marriage/...



Woohoo! what's right is right & I'm happy to see it!

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-12 10:50 PM
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1. Great news! And the Governor will sign it.
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Sapphocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-09-12 04:43 AM
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2. K&R&...
...if we knew it would go into effect right-flipping-now, we would zip up there right this second, buy a lovely apple orchard, run it off the grid, and live there the rest of our born days.

Tragically (for us), the timing is all wrong (long story; suffice to say, equal marriage will not go into effect before we must make a decision to move), but...

CONGRATS, Washingtonians! w00t! Please allow us Californians to live vicariously through you.

Damn... Like, third time this week this nasty old B-word is in tears of joy.
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-09-12 08:25 PM
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3. hear hear! its hopefully gonna be the norm in 7-10 years
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-12 06:25 AM
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4.  I am not sure what can stop the bill from going effective in accordance with its own terms?
Both houses have passed it and the Governor has promised to sign it.

Does something in the language of the bill itself give you concern?

Anyway, very best wishes in whatever you decide to do as far as moving.

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