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State house passes same-sex marriage bill
The bill legalizing same-sex marriage cleared a final hurdle to become law in Washington state today.
The Washington State House of Representatives voted 55 to 43 this afternoon to approve Senate Bill 6239, which will legalize same-sex marriages. The state senate had approved the bill earlier this week. The governor plans to sign the bill into law and has five working days to do so.
Mercer Island's legislators, Reps. Marcie Maxwell and Judy Clibborn, both Democrats, voted for the bill in the House today. Sen. Steve Litzow, of Mercer Island, a Republican, voted yes in the Senate a week ago, when the vote was 28 to 21 in favor of the bill.
While supporters celebrated, others began planning how to reverse the soon-to-be new law. According to the Daily Olympian, opponents including the evangelical Faith and Freedom Network have pledged to mount a referendum or initiative to repeal the law, and one activist has already filed Initiative 1192 to limit marriages by law to one man and one woman.
To explain how the ballot challenges might unfold, the Office of the Secretary of State has a special section on its website. Go to http://blogs.sos.wa.gov/FromOurCorner/index.php/2012/02/faq-on-pending-gaymarriage-referendum.