Washington state has joined the six other states allowing same-sex marriages. Last week the Senate voted to approve the bill 28-21 and this week the House voted to approve it 55-43. The governor Chris Gregoire is planned to sign the bill into law next week.
After less than 90 minutes of rather uneventful debate on Wednesday night, the state senate in Washington voted 28-21 to approve a measure allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry there — making it the seventh US state to do so.
Obama's continuing his battle for civil rights for all Americans. Only about a month after revoking the "don't ask don't tell" military policy, his administration is now calling for an end to the federal law that bans recognition of same-sex marriages.