Washington Gay Marriage: State senators approve same-sex marriage bill via 28-21 vote

By on Feb 2, 2012 in International, Lifestyle, Politics, United States Comments

The Washington State Senate approved on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, Senate Bill 6239 or same-sex marriage bill which will allow gay marriage in the state, once it becomes a law.

Cheering crowd during the Washington State
Gay Marriage Senate approval on Feb 1, 2012

Image Credit: Elaine Thompson/AP

According to US news sites that day, Washington State senators voted 28-21 approving the gay marriage bill after less than 90 minutes of debate, which will now be moved to Congress for voting.

As noted in reports, the same-sex marriage bill was authored by Democratic Sen. Ed Murray of Seattle, who is openly gay, and the first public hearing on the issue was held last January 23.

“Regardless of how you vote on this bill, an invitation will be in the mail,” Senator Murray was quoted at the New York Times, before the senate voting was held, with the Congress voting being expected next week.

Apparently, the Washington State senate voting for the gay marriage bill was approved on Wednesday night by mostly Democrats, which only three of them opposed and four Republicans voted for it.

Meanwhile, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, a Democrat, reportedly announced in early January that she will support the same-sex marriage bill, which both legislative chambers now being controlled by Democrats.

As of this writing, gay marriage is legal in six states including New York, which was implemented last June 2011, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, as well as in Washington, D.C.

On the other hand, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) listed five US states that recognize same-sex civil unions including Hawaii, Delaware, Illinois, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

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