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Washington State Senate Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(OLYMPIA, Wash.) -- Washington state is one step closer towards becoming the seventh state in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage.

On Wednesday evening, the state Senate voted 28 to 21 to pass a bill that would allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

Reacting to the news, Sen. Ed Murray, an openly gay Democrat who sponsored the measure, said, "There aren't words to describe this.  I'm very excited."

The measure now moves onto the House, where it's also expected to be approved, before heading to Gov. Chris Gregoire's desk.  The governor has already expressed her support of the bill and intends to sign it into law.

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