Gay Marriage

January 21, 2012 - 4:45 PM
FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2012 photo, Rep. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, and Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, applaud as Gov. Chris Gregoire speaks at a news conference where she said that she wants Washington to become the seventh state in the nation to make gay marriage legal in Olympia, Wash. The last time same-sex marriage was debated in the Washington state Legislature, lawmakers voted to ban it. Fourteen years later, the issue is before the Legislature once again after a multi-year effort that has incrementally increased rights to gay and lesbian couples in the state.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)