OLYMPIA, Wash.-- The Senate has voted to pass a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state Wednesday.
The Senate passed the bill on vote of 28-21. Four Republicans crossed party lines and voted with majority Democrats for the measure. Three Democrats voted against it.
The measure now moves to the House, which also has enough votes to pass the bill. Governor Chris Gregoire has said she will sign the bill if it gets to her desk.
"People have been working on this for over a decade in Washington state," said Zach Silk of Washington United for Marriage. "It's extremely exciting that we're on the cusp of history." The coalition dropped off nearly 26,000 postcards from registered voters who support gay marriage, to each legislators' district.
Rep. Laurie Jinkins, right, D-Tacoma, waves with constituent Marcy Kulland from one Senate gallery across to the other Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)