09 Feb '12, 1am

Washington approves same-sex marriage

Washington approves same-sex marriage

LOS ANGELES: Lawmakers in the northwestern US state of Washington on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, which should soon be signed into law by the governor, officials said. Governor Christine Gregoire has five days to approve the text, which would make Washington the seventh state in the nation to allow gay marriage. "The bill was passed by the House on a 55-43 vote," an official in Washington's House of Representatives in the state capital Olympia told AFP. Gregoire "has five days after she gets the bill. It will probably take a few days to get it over to her, and then she has five days," said the official, who asked not to be named. The governor said last month she supported the bill and that she planned to sign it if approved by lawmakers. Washington's state senate approved the bill last week. Six US states -- Connecticut, Iowa, Massachuse...

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