Washington state governor to sign gay marriage bill on Monday

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Posted: Feb 09, 2012 9:23 PM
Washington state governor to sign gay marriage bill on Monday

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Governor Christine Gregoire plans to sign newly passed legislation on Monday to legalize gay marriage in Washington state, making it the seventh with a law on the books to recognize same-sex nuptials, her office said on Thursday.

A statehouse signing ceremony in Olympia, Washington's capital, was slated for 11:30 a.m. local time on Monday. The bill won final legislative approval from the state House of Representatives on Wednesday by a vote of 55-43.

The measure will not take effect before early June. Opponents have vowed to seek its repeat at the polls in November.

(Reporting by Nicole Neroulias; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Tim Gaynor)