Gay marriage legal in Washington

BBC News

The governor of Washington has signed the US state’s gay marriage bill into law, making it the eighth place in the nation to allow same-sex weddings.

“I’m proud our same-sex couples will no longer be treated as separate but equal,” Christine Gregoire said, surrounded by gay rights supporters.

The law will go into effect on 7 June.

The bill signing came on the same day New Jersey’s state Senate voted 24-16 in favour of gay marriage – a reversal of its decision in a 2010 vote.

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