The Washington state Senate has passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, bringing the state a step closer to becoming the seventh to allow lesbian and gay couples to wed.
The state Senate is set to vote on a measure that would legalize gay marriage in Washington on February 1.
A conservative Democrat who once opposed gay marriage now says he will support it. A half-dozen uncommitted votes remain.
Top state lawmakers are split on whether the Legislature should be taking votes on gay marriage during the state’s budget crisis, with Republican leaders saying it will create an unnecessary distraction.
Gov. Chris Gregoire has invited sponsors of a measure to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state to Olympia for a Wednesday morning news conference.
October 14 – 23 is the 16th Annual Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. It’s a full week of movies, including the debut of the Chely Wright documentary “Wish Me Away”. Plus galas, receptions and celebrations galore!