Two months ago, same-sex marriage was legalized in Washington state.
Voters joined others who have passed similar laws promoting gay rights and legalizing same-sex marriage, including residents in Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and the District of Columbia.
The passing of Referendum 74 in Washington is significant because after years of rejecting same-sex marriage, voters approved the legalization of gay rights. According to The Huffington Post, about 53 percent of voters in the state voted to pass the law.
Same-sex couples living in Washington who had been married out-of-state prior to the passing of Referendum 74 will not need to be re-married now that the referendum has passed.
Same-sex marriages became valid in the state as soon as the law took effect. In 2015, any pre-existing domestic partnerships will be legally converted to marriages.
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