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Washington governor signs gay marriage bill into law

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Washington Gay Marriage bill

Washington state governor Christine Gregoire signed into law a new measure which will legalize gay marriage in the state beginning in June. "I'm proud our same-sex couples will no longer be treated as separate but equal," Gregoire said.

The icing on the cake? The whole thing happened to take place while Rick Santorum was in town. Staunch homophobe Santorum encouraged opponents to "continue the fight," but the mood in Washington was overwhelmingly celebratory, with gay-rights advocates surrounding Gregoire while she signed the bill.

"My friends, welcome to the other side of the rainbow," said Sen. Ed Murray, an openly gay Democrat from Seattle. "No matter what the future holds, nothing will take this moment in history away from us."

Washington will become the seventh U.S. state to legalize gay marriage, and today the New Jersey senate cleared its own gay-marriage bill, which is expected to reach the state Assembly on Thursday. Let's keep this momentum going, shall we?