Grab your chaps or your favorite book of feminist poetry and start celebrating, because Washington is now officially gay for gay marriage:
Gov. Chris Gregoire handed gay rights advocates a major victory, signing into law a measure that legalizes same-sex marriage in Washington state, making it the seventh in the nation to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.
Gregoire signed the bill surrounded by gay rights supporters. “I’m proud our same-sex couples will no longer be treated as separate but equal,” she said.
And although the legislation does not take effect until June 7th, today is no doubt a jubilant one for many same-sex couples in Washington, which is now the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage, and will now be the seventh state where pious assholes focus their attentions:
Opponents said they would file a ballot challenge after Gregoire signed the measure that would require voters in November to either uphold or overturn the law. If the referendum gets enough signatures the law is put on hold pending the outcome of a November vote.
It’s impossible to predict whether the voters in Washington will choose to deny people their legitimate civil rights, but for this moment at least supporters of gay marriage have a notch in the win column.
In other news, all lube in the Seattle Metro area is 50% off today! Go to town!