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Photo by: Elaine Thompson

Gov. Chris Gregoire, right, looks on at a House floor debate on gay marriage with Sen. Ed Murray, left, and Sen. Lisa Brown from the wings Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in Olympia, Wash. Lawmakers legalized gay marriage in Washington state, making it the seventh state in the nation to allow same-sex couples to wed. Democratic Gov. Gregoire is likely to sign the bill next week. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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