Effort to make gay marriage legal in Wash. begins



BELLEVUE – (AP) — Gay marriage supporters say it’s time to make Washington the seventh state in the country to fully recognize unions between same-sex couples.

At a news conference Monday a coalition called Washington United for Marriage announced it would lobby the Legislature to approve a gay marriage law next year. In 2009 the Legislature passed, and voters later upheld, a bill that greatly expanded the rights of same-sex domestic partners. That measure was known as the “everything but marriage” bill.

Washington United for Marriage will stage a series of suburban town halls in the coming weeks to rally support. Gay marriage is legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont, as well as the District of Columbia.