By Nicole Neroulias. Opponents of the statute have vowed to seek its repeal through a ballot measure in November that could delay enactment further or halt it entirely. Still, the bill-signing marked another key victory for gay rights advocates after a federal appeals court declared a voter-approved gay marriage ban in California unconstitutional last week, and the New Jersey state Senate approved a same-sex marriage bill earlier on Monday. Republican White House candidate Rick Santorum, a devout Catholic and an outspoken foe of same-sex marriage, was making two stops in Washington state on Monday to galvanize support for the Republican caucuses there on March 3.
Gay-rights bill picks up key vote in state Senate
Washington state passes gay civil rights bill
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Gay-rights bill falls 1 vote short of becoming state law
OLYMPIA -- Washington state lawmakers voted to approve gay marriage today, setting the stage for the state to become the seventh in the nation to allow same-sex couples to wed. The action comes a day after a federal appeals court declared California's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, saying it was a violation of the civil rights of gay and lesbian couples. The Washington House passed the bill on a vote. The state Senate approved the measure last week. And Democratic Gov.
Currently, Washington state offers no legal recognition for gay marriage. Yet, the language of the law only forbid same sex marriage, not recognition of other same sex relationships in Washington. In Washington state, marriage is sill defined as a union between one man and one woman. However, domestic partnerships entitles same sex couples to many rights that they do not have in many states.