Marriage equality moved one step closer in Washington state today as the House Judiciary committee advanced a bill that would make Washington the 8th state including the District of Columbia to grant full marriage rights to same-sex couples. A vote on the House floor is expected as early as Wednesday.
If passed marriages could begin as early as this summer unless blocked by a referendum.
Opponents must turn in 120,577 signatures by June 6. If opponents fall short in the number of signatures they turn in, gay and lesbian couples would be able to be wed as soon as the signature count is done, likely sometime in June. Otherwise, they would have to wait until the results of a November election.
Republican amendments requiring a mandatory referendum were defeated in both the house and the senate.