WINNING WASH

Washington State Senate Committee Sends Gay-Marriage Vote To The Floor

Washington’s highly anticipated gay-marriage bill cleared a state Senate committee yesterday, which means it will head to a floor vote next. On Monday, it gained a crucial yes vote that makes its passage in the full Senate all but inevitable.

A date has not been set for the vote yet, but it should be soon.

The committee passed the bill after defeating a proposed amendment by Sen. Don Benton (R-Vancouver), that would have required sending the gay marriage law to the voters for approval. Of course, ant-gay marriage forces can still collect 120,577 signatures by July 6 to get a referendum onto the ballot in November.