Washington Is 7th State To Legalize Gay Marriage
February 13, 2012, 1:59 pm
It's a victorious day for gay and lesbian couples as Washington Governor Chris Gregoire signed a bill into law today in Olympia, making Washington the 7th state in the nation to legalize gay marriage.
The law doesn't take effect until June. Opponents are already mounting challenges that could put the law on hold until a November vote. The governor said she's confident that voters will approve the law if it's placed on the ballot. Those against gay marriage must collect over 240,000 signatures by July.
Domestic partnership laws were on the books since 2007. Gregoire's signature comes after a 55-43 vote in the House last week and Senate approval the week before. Gay marriage is also legal in Washington, D.C., New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Iowa. Several other states are considering legalizing gay marriage.