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Washington State appears poised to enact gay marriage


The Washington state Legislature appears to have all the votes it needs to approve a gay marriage bill. ... Democratic state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen announced that she would support the measure, becoming the 25th necessary vote to ensure passage ... .

Haugen's statement stressed her "very strong" Christian beliefs. "I have always believed in traditional marriage between a man and a woman. That is what I believe, to this day.

“But this issue isn’t about just what I believe. It’s about respecting others, including people who may believe differently than I. It’s about whether everyone has the same opportunities for love and companionship and family and security that I have enjoyed." ...

"Gay marriage bill a go in Washington state: 25th vote comes through"

Los Angeles Times 1/23/12 via John Koch


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