Washington Becomes Seventh U.S. State to Adopt Gay Marriage Law

Washington became the seventh U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage under a bill signed by Governor Christine Gregoire, setting it up for a challenge at the ballot box in November.

The state House of Representatives approved the legislation Feb. 8 over the opposition of Republicans who said the practice would erode traditional marriage and harm families and children.

Washington joins New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia with same-sex weddings laws on the books. Scheduled to take effect in June, implementation of the Washington law would be delayed if opponents gather enough signatures to put a referendum to repeal the law on the November ballot, according to Gregoire’s spokeswoman, Karina Shagren.

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