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February 2, 2012 at 11:37 AM

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State Senate approves same-sex marriage bill


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Sen. Ed Murray, center left, and Rep. Jamie Pedersen hug inside Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown's office at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 before the Senate floor debate on same-sex marriage legislation.

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The crowd in the gallery reacts after the state Senate approved the same-sex marriage bill on Wednesday night.

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Sen. Ed Murray, right, and his longtime partner Michael Shiosaki look onto the Senate floor in Olympia, Wash. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 before the Senate floor debate on same-sex marriage legislation.

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Michael Shiosaki, from left, Rep. Laurie Jinkins, and Rep. Jamie Pedersen, right, talk in the wings of the Senate during the Senate debate on same-sex marriage legislation in Olympia, Wash. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012.

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Sen. Kevin Ranker tears up while listening to the Senate floor debate on same-sex marriage legislation in Olympia, Wash. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012.

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Sen. Ed Murray, right, and his longtime partner Michael Shiosaki, left, talk in the wings of the Senate in Olympia, Wash. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 before the Senate floor debate on same-sex marriage legislation.

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George Scarola watches the Senate debate on same-sex marriage legislation at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012.

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Jeanne Kohl-Welles, left, talks with Rep. Jamie Pedersen and Rep. Laurie Jinkins in the Senate wings during the Senate floor debate on same-sex marriage legislation in Olympia, Wash. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012.

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Marian Ericks, second from right, and others listen in the Senate wings to the Senate floor debate on same-sex marriage legislation in Olympia, Wash. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012.

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Laura Wulf, left, Anne Levinson, Sen. Debbie Regala, and Rep. Laurie Jinkins talk in the Senate wings after the Senate floor debate on same-sex marriage legislation in Olympia, Wash. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. Wulf and Jinkins will be celebrating their 23rd anniversary on Monday.

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Sen. Ed Murray, left front, smiles on the Senate floor while his longtime partner, Michael Shiosaki, left, Rep. Jamie Pedersen and Gov. Chris Gregoire look on as the Senate votes to pass the same-sex marriage bill on Wednesday night.

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Sen. Ed Murray, left, and his longtime partner Michael Shiosaki wave on the Senate floor in Olympia, Wash. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 after the Senate floor debate on same-sex marriage. Murray said that he and Shiosaki plan to marry if the bill becomes law. The House may vote next week, and Gregoire has said she would sign the bill.

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Gov. Chris Gregoire hugs Sen. Ed Murray after the same-sex marriage vote passed the Senate in Olympia, Wash. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012.

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