The New American website reports today (February 10, 2012) that the state of Washington is one step away from legalization of homosexual marriage, following passage of legislation in the state house of representatives on February 8 by a 54-43 vote.
The same-sex marriage bill -- which had been aggressively promoted by Governor Christine Gregoire -- passed the senate on February 1 by a 28-21 vote margin, and with Gregoire's expected signature on the bill early next week, Washington will become the seventh state to legalize same-sex partnerships as "marriage," joining New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Iowa, as well as the District of Columbia.
"This is truly a historic day in Washington state, and one where I couldn't be more proud," Gregoire said. She added, "With today's vote, we tell the nation that Washington state will no longer deny our citizens the opportunity to marry the person they love. We tell every child of same-sex couples that their family is every bit as equal and important as all other families in our state."
Gregoire -- who identifies herself as a Roman Catholic -- apparently has chosen to disregard what the Catholic Church teaches about homosexuality.