Washington Becomes The 7th State To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
Same-sex marriage has made its way to the West Coast:
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed into law a bill that legalizes gay marriage in Washington state, making it the nation’s seventh to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.
It’s a historic moment, but same-sex couples can’t walk down the aisle just yet.
The law takes effect June 7, but opponents are already mounting challenges on multiple fronts.
Opponents planned to file a challenge Monday that could put the law on hold pending the outcome of a November vote.
Separately, an initiative was filed at the beginning of the session that opponents of gay marriage say could lead to the new law being overturned.
Gregoire signed the bill Monday morning. It passed the House on Wednesday, a week after Senate approval.
After Gregoire announced her support earlier this year, it was largely inevitable that this would become law. As for the proposed initiative, last week’s ruling from the 9th Circuit with regard to Proposition 8 in California would suggest that such a move would be unconstitutional.