Washington voters narrowly approving gay marriage

Washington voters narrowly approving gay marriage

Credit: Natalie Swaby / KING

Gov. Chris Gregoire speaks to supporters of R74.

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 12:04 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 7 at 1:01 AM

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington voters are narrowly approving gay marriage in the state, as measures allowing same-sex marriage passed in Maine and Maryland.

With about half of the expected ballots counted Tuesday night, Referendum 74 was passing with 52 percent of the vote.

The measure asked voters to approve or reject Washington state's new law legalizing same-sex marriage. That law was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire earlier this year, but it's been on hold pending the election's outcome.

Gregoire spoke to R74 supporters Tuesday night.

"We showed the world that love wins out, that families of all types deserve the same rights and protections that are afforded to others," she said.

A celebration moved onto the streets of Capitol Hill on Tuesday night, with about 1,000 people dancing in the street.

About $13.6 million was spent on Washington state's campaign, with the bulk of it coming from gay marriage supporters.

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