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POLL UPDATE: Governor Signs Marriage Equality Bill; What Do You Think?

Washington state will become the seventh state in the union to legalize same-sex marriage on June 7, unless opponents succeed getting a referendum on the November ballot.

UPDATE, Feb. 13, 12:30 p.m.: Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, surrounded applauding gay couples and with the media looking on, on Monday in Olympia signed into law historic legislation that would make Washington the seventh state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.

"This is a very proud moment," Gregoire said, according to the Seattle Times.

The change takes effect in 90 days, on June 7. In the meantime, opponents of gay marriage are vowing to fight the law with a referendum that would repeal it. If they can gather 120,577 signature before June 6, it would delay the law until the November election.

Kirkland Patch asked readers for their views last week when the state House passed the bill, and its informal survey by Monday showed 34 people supporting same-sex marriage and 21 opposed. Or poll remains open; you can also still share your views in the comment box below.

For the full Times story on the bill signing, click here.

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Original story, Feb. 9: In a 55-43 vote, the state house approved legislation Wednesday, Feb. 8, legalizing same sex marriage. The legislation in a 28-21 vote. Gov. Chris Gregoire said after the vote Wednesday that she will sign the bill.

“This is truly a historic day in Washington state, and one where I couldn’t be more proud. 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. And we take a major step toward completing a long and important journey to end discrimination based on sexual orientation,” she posted on her website after Wednesday's vote. 

“I commend our House members and thank Rep. Jamie Pedersen for sponsoring this bill. Our legislators showed courage, respect, and professionalism. I look forward to signing this piece of legislation, and putting into law an end to an era of discrimination.”

She is expected to announce Thursday when she will sign the legislation.

What do you think about this issue that has been so divisive nationwide? Please take our informal, unscientific poll.

Paige Norman February 09, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Can you hear the sound of polygamists breathing a sigh of relief? Because certainly, their day will come too!
Suzanne Kagen February 09, 2012 at 06:24 PM
About time! I'll be curious how much of an economic stimulus this creates when all that out of state money floods in to drive the referendum. Civil rights are NOT the guy of thing you put to a popular vote!
Greg Johnston (Editor) February 10, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Interesting split on our poll: 24 support the bill, 17 are against and not a single person undecided. Thanks to all who have participated and commented.
GMJ February 12, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I want to marry my dog. Give me a good reason why I shouldn't be able to now.
Jeff Hoerth February 14, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Because your dog doesn't want to marry you.
GMJ February 15, 2012 at 12:00 AM
How clever, Jeff! Let's say for the sake of argument I popped the question and my dog said yes. Or my three best friends. Or whomever or whatever agreed to be married to me (including my car). On what grounds could this right now be denied as we have thrown the traditional definition of marriage in the trash? Now that the meaning of marriage has been elasticized, marriage can mean anything we want it to mean. How clever we are! How free we are!
Greg Johnston (Editor) February 15, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Illissa, I think you had some valuable comments to share, but I had to delete your entire response to eliminate the inappropriate thoughts toward the bottom. I invite you to post again, but please maintain some semblance of decorum.

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