14 Feb '12, 1am

US state of Washington legalizes gay marriage

LOS ANGELES: The US state of Washington became the seventh in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage when Governor Christine Gregoire on Monday signed into law a bill approved last week by lawmakers. "I'm proud our same-sex couples will no longer be treated as separate but equal," Gregoire said, as gay marriage supporters who gathered for the signing ceremony in the state capital Olympia applauded. Six US states -- Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont -- plus the District of Columbia already allow same-sex marriage. The law will go into effect on June 7 in the northwestern US state unless opponents manage to gather enough signatures to hold a referendum on overturning the measure. If opponents are successful, the law would be held in limbo until the results of the referendum, to be held on November 6 along with the presidential and congre...

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