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Washington State Makes History with Marriage Equality Law

Just moments ago, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire signed the historic bill extending marriage to gay and lesbian couples!

HRC made a significant commitment of resources to the successful efforts to achieve marriage equality in Washington in 2012. From the founding of the Washington United for Marriage coalition through the governor’s signing of the marriage bill, HRC provided substantial field expertise. Additionally, HRC helped recruit business support and also released a video with Gov. Chris Gregoire as part of the organization’s Americans for Marriage Equality series. 

Read more about HRC's work in the fight for marriage equality in Washington. 

Pending the referendum process, Washington now joins six other states – Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont – plus the District of Columbia in recognizing marriage for gay and lesbian couples under state law. 

The victory wouldn’t have been possible without the leadership of Gov. Gregoire and fellow Washington United for Marriage co-founders Equal Rights Washington, ACLU of Washington, Legal Voice, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, Service Employees International Union Washington State Council, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21. 

Equality won in Washington! Watch and share the inspiring video below.

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