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Cheers, reflections as marriage bill clears House

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OLYMPIA — The last time same-sex marriage was debated in the state Capitol, the Legislature’s sole gay lawmaker watched as his colleagues passed the state’s version of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1998 banning gay marriage. Fourteen years after that “lonely moment,” Sen. Ed Murray stood in the wings as lawmakers approved his bill allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry. “I didn’t think I would be in office to see marriage equality passed,” Murray, D-Seattle, said Wednesday night. “It was incredibly moving to watch a new generation of gay and lesbian lawmakers in the House standing up and carrying the torch.”

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