Washington State Senate Passes Marriage Equality Bill in 28-21 Vote


The Washington State senate has voted 28-21 in favor of the marriage equality bill.

The bill is expected to pass in the House and Governor Chris Gregoire, who introduced it, is expected to sign it. Voting in the House could come as soon as February 8.

Slog has a liveblog of the proceedings if you want to read about how it all went down. I'll have clips and relevant updates posted as they come in tomorrow morning.

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  1. Very proud of my state. Interesting note: 4 Republican Senators (the same number as in New York) voted in favor of the bill, and it wouldn't have passed without at least one of them.

    Posted by: Tyler | Feb 1, 2012 11:07:56 PM

  2. very touching speeches!! The later the house votes, the less time the anti-gay activits will have to collect signatures. Same in Maryland.

    Posted by: Dana Chilton | Feb 1, 2012 11:09:32 PM

  3. @Dana, opponents can't begin collecting signatures until the bill is signed by the governor.

    Posted by: searunner | Feb 1, 2012 11:18:49 PM

  4. Yay!

    Posted by: DanSwon | Feb 1, 2012 11:19:25 PM

  5. I am very proud to be a resident of WA. Having been in a domestic partnership for a 2 years it will be nice to finally share the word marriage.

    Posted by: Keenan | Feb 1, 2012 11:19:26 PM

  6. Couldn't be more proud of Washington right now. Feel so luck to live here!

    Posted by: Adam | Feb 1, 2012 11:22:53 PM

  7. A little "Lesley Gore" celebration.....


    Posted by: CB | Feb 1, 2012 11:26:07 PM

  8. woo hoo!!! great news!

    Posted by: Will | Feb 1, 2012 11:30:42 PM

  9. We should all praise the Democrats AND REPUBLICANS who voted for this bill. As another commenter said, without the 4 Republican "Yes" votes, the bill would have died. If other states, and eventually Congress, are going to recognize same-sex marriage, it will take open-minded Democrats and Republicans to make it happen. So please don't criticize all Republicans as bigots.
    Also, remember that many religious people and clergy SUPPORTED this bill -- so please don't criticize all religious people as bigots. Thank you.

    Posted by: MiddleoftheRoader | Feb 1, 2012 11:35:08 PM

  10. Washington state is awesome, want the voting in the house to take place sooner and have it be a done deal

    Posted by: Chris | Feb 1, 2012 11:39:07 PM

  11. Definately a step in the right direction. Thanks for providing the link to the hearings.

    It was interesting to listen to each of the Senators speak even the ones who were unable to give a logical reason for being against equality but were voting no anyway. Listening to many of the Senators has renewed my faith in people as it is clear that although many struggled with this because of their own deep seated religious beliefs they came out for equality anyway.

    My partner and I will be together 11 years come June 26th. Maybe it is time we crossed over from Portland, OR to Vancouver, WA and got married for our anniversary this year. That is unless the bigots get a referendum and overturn equality first.

    Posted by: ormedic | Feb 1, 2012 11:41:01 PM

  12. What's the plan for combating NOM's media blitz of lies and robocalls that is sure to come leading up to the vote on the inevitable referendum? Their media strategists have outfoxed our people every single time when it comes to a popular vote. Is there any reason to expect our side will mount an effective media campaign this time around?

    Posted by: candide001 | Feb 1, 2012 11:58:50 PM

  13. Hooray for my state, we're the best.

    Posted by: Barney | Feb 2, 2012 12:01:32 AM

  14. ORMEDIC, Come on up! My partner of 17 years and I got married in Portland in that "window of time" some years ago before it was nullified. Then it was Victoria, Canada. I think the 3rd time will be the charm :) I knew it was only a matter of time for my own state!

    Posted by: Warren | Feb 2, 2012 12:14:40 AM

  15. Rev. Ken Hutcherson's gonna be so mad his two, highly fashionable earrings are going to pop out!!

    Peter LaBarbera's gonna spooge all over the homosexual pornography in his research files; and Lon Mabon (from neighboring Oregon) and Paul Cameron are going to have to double their meds again.

    Too bad the late anti-gay (but actually gay) mayor of Spokane, Mr. West, didn't live to have the opportunity to speak out about the immorality of this bill.

    And of course NOM has to do even more now, like a plate spinner at the circus (but who WON'T be successful). Good. They're going to need more staff; so maybe they ought to re-hire Carrie Prejean, and perhaps bring on couple of the older Phelps grandkids.

    Posted by: American James | Feb 2, 2012 12:16:03 AM

  16. I'm very disappointed that my State Senator voted against this. It was expected, though, I suppose. He is a Republican, representing one of the most conservative districts in Western Washington.

    Posted by: Emmanuel Carrillo | Feb 2, 2012 12:20:41 AM

  17. wah hoo wah HOO WAH HOO! Keep it coming!!!!

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Feb 2, 2012 12:21:14 AM

  18. Cool! California is sorting out Prop 8, Washington just passed same-sex marriage; we in Oregon tend to follow our brethren when we get "sandwiched" on an issue by our North-South neighbors, so it'll probably happen by 2016 for us in Portland. (In the meantime, I'll take my guy to the wedding chapel at St. Mark's in Seattle for a quickie ceremony.)

    Posted by: Dback | Feb 2, 2012 12:41:47 AM

  19. Yes, as James Joyce might have written, we are, yes, so yes, pleased with yes this outcome which is yes another nail in yes the coffin of yes the bigots yes.

    Posted by: uffda | Feb 2, 2012 12:45:34 AM

  20. @ WARREN: you should not remarry in WA. Your Canadian marriage will (finally) transfer over and getting married again here could make things more complicated. In the bill, marriages from other jurisdictions will be valid here: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2011-12/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/6239.pdf
    sec. 3 (3) and (4)

    Posted by: David R. | Feb 2, 2012 12:48:37 AM

  21. Oh, and YIPPEEE!!!!

    And to beat back Hutcherson and Gallagher, give money to http://washingtonunitedformarriage.org

    Posted by: David R. | Feb 2, 2012 12:49:38 AM

  22. Woohoo! This is exciting news. Very cool!

    Posted by: Tyler | Feb 2, 2012 1:00:47 AM

  23. People fear that a referendum asking voters to approve marriage equality hasn't happened yet, but a poll conducted last October by the University of Washington shows that 55% of Washingtonians would support marriage equality if it were put up to a public vote. So we have hope that marriage equality will be upheld in Washington if in fact it does go to a public vote. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

    Posted by: Brandon | Feb 2, 2012 1:03:17 AM

  24. Woo Hoo! Move the movement back down here to CA!

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 2, 2012 1:10:34 AM

  25. It's a bumpy road for each state, but it's eventually leading to marriage equality for all. Take that fatty NOMs!

    Posted by: FunMe | Feb 2, 2012 1:39:22 AM

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