Washington State Set to Allow Gay Marriage

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One day after a U.S. court reversed California's same-sex marriage ban, lawmakers in Washington state approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.

Washington legislators voted in favor of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, which should soon be signed into law by the governor, officials said. The bill was passed by 55 votes to 43 in the lower-house House of Representatives, having already been approved by state senators last week. Christine Gregoire, the state governor, has five days to approve the text, which would make Washington the seventh state in the United States to allow gay marriage. The law would then go into effect 90 days later.

The governor said last month she supported the bill and that she planned to sign it if approved by legislators.

Six other U.S. states - Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont - in addition to the District of Columbia already allow same-sex marriage, but the issue remains highly controversial.

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