February 8, 2012
By Jacob Combs
Following yesterday’s historic news of the 9th Circuit striking down Proposition 8 as unconstitutional, today brings another monumental event for marriage equality: the Washington House is scheduled to vote on a marriage equality bill at 1 p.m. PST. The bill passed the state Senate last Wednesday on a 28-21 vote, with four Republican senators voting in favor of the measure.
According to The Olympian, Democratic Rep. Jamie Pederson believes there are 54 to 56 votes in the House to pass the bill, significantly more than the 49-vote majority needed to approve the bill. Observers have expected the bill to easily pass the House, and Governor Chris Gregoire has pledged to sign it into law. That law would take effect on June 7.