Thursday, February 2, 2012

Washington state senate passes same-sex marriage bill

Kara Haney, left, and her partner of 8 years Kate Wertin, right, react as a bill in the Washington State Senate passes during a viewing party at The Lobby Bar in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. The Washington State Senate passed a bill that would legalize gay marriage in Washington State on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. Dozens gathered at the bar to watch the debate via TV on the senate floor. (AP Photo/, Joshua Trujillo)

Washington is expected to become the seventh state to allow gay marriage after its Senate passed a bill allowing gay and lesbian couples to wed on Wednesday.

It's now headed to Gov. Chris Gregoire who has repeatedly said she will sign it into law.

The debate over the bill, which passed with a 28-21 vote on Wednesday night, was fraught with emotion at times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported, as state Senators spoke about their own experiences.

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