Washington state lawmakers voted to approve gay marriage on Wednesday, poising it to become the seventh state in the nation to allow same-sex couples to marry, according to the Washington Post.
The New York Times said that Democratic Governor Christine Gregoire promised to sign it, and is expected to do so next week. However, it is not likely to take immediate effect.
If opponents gather 120,000 signatures, the measure will be put to a public referendum before it can be enacted, according to the Times. Otherwise, the proposal would take effect 90 days after the session ends next month.