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Washington state to legalize same sex marriage

After obtaining the 25 votes required for passage, the state of Washington appears ready to legalize same sex marriage.

State Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen (D) said she would be the final vote and released a statement.

“I know this announcement makes me the so-called 25th vote, the vote that ensures passage,” she said. “That’s neither here nor there. If I were the first or the seventh or the 28th vote, my position would not be any different. I happen to be the 25th because I insisted on taking this much time to hear from my constituents and to sort it out for myself, to reconcile my religious beliefs with my beliefs as an American, as a legislator, and as a wife and mother who cannot deny to others the joys and benefits I enjoy.”

“This is the right vote and it is the vote I will cast when this measure comes to the floor.”

Washington will become the seventh state to legalize gay marriage, following New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

The vote is set to be taken soon, with Washington Governor Chris Gregoire (D) expected to sign the bill into law after previously endorsing it.

Written by | Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.

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