WA Senate approves bill to legalize gay marriage

Rep. Laurie Jinkins, right, D-Tacoma, waves with constituent Marcy Kulland from one Senate gallery across to the other Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, in Olympia, Wash. The state Senate is set to vote Wednesday night on a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state. If passed by the Senate, the measure moves to the House, which has enough votes to pass the bill. Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire supports the measure and said she will sign it into law. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

February 1, 2012 9:06:21 PM PST
The Washington state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, setting the stage for the state to become the seventh to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.