A measure to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state is one step closer to passage by the Legislature.
The Associated press reports:
A Senate committee today approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state, moving the measure one step closer to passage.
The Government Operations, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee approved the measure with a 4-3 voice vote split on party lines. The bill is expected to head to a floor vote next, though a date has not yet been determined.
Several Republican amendments were rejected, including one that would have required that the measure be sent to the November ballot.
“This is a significant change in law,” said Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver. “It will change our society in ways that nobody here can even foresee 30, 40, 50 years from now. Something that significant, I strongly believe, should be placed before the citizens for their approval.”
Earlier this week, a previously undecided Democratic senator on Monday announced her support for the measure, all but ensuring that Washington will become the seventh state to allow gay and lesbian couples to get married.
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