Washington Marriage Equality Bill Set to Pass House this Week

A bill that would allow non-gender specific marriages in the state of Washington could be up for a vote in the House as early as Wednesday.

Seattlepi.com  reports that the legislation is scheduled for a final hearing before the House Judiciary Committee later today. (Monday, Feb. 6th.) Insiders say they expect the bill to sail through the committee, setting the stage for a full house floor vote mid-week.

The bill passed its toughest test thus far last Wednesday night  when the more conservative Senate body passed the measure 28 to 21. 

Gov. Chris Gregoire, who watched the vote from inside the Senate chamber, has said she will sign the legislation.

Once the bill becomes law, opponents of the measure have until June 6th to turn in 120,577 signatures in order to get the measure on the ballot this fall. If they fail, same-gender marriages could begin in Washington as early as June.

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