Washington will become the 7th state to offer marriage equality in the United States. The Senate passed the bill last week and the House passed the bill today. The governor is expected to sign the bill into law, which would take effect after 90 days of the governor’s signature.
Currently, New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington DC have marriage equality for same-sex couples. Opponents of marriage equality have already started gathering signatures to put this to a vote in November; however, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling this week on Prop 8 would probably apply to Washington as well. Washington falls under the same appeals court and the circumstances, if this were to go to voters, would be nearly identical.