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WA Lege Day 11: Kastama to vote yes on gay marriage bill

OLYMPIA — Supporters of a bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry in Washington state inched closer to passage today as one of the few “undecideds” said he would be voting yes.

Sen. Jim Kastama, D-Puyallup, said times have changed and “I believe we have reached the point where society is ready to recognize and support same-sex couples who seek the bonds, benefits and security of marriage.”

According to a tally by the Associated Press, the same-sex marriage bill had 23 yes votes prior to Kastama announcing his decision. It needs at least 25 to pass the Senate.

Meanwhile, Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, a sponsor of the bill, said major corporations including Microsoft, Group Health and RealNetworks said they will support same-sex marriage.


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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


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