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Ruling Expected On Prop 8

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Opponents of Proposition 8, California's anti-gay marriage bill, celebrate outside of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on February 7, 2012 in San Francisco, California. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the voter-approved Proposition 8 measure violates the civil rights of gay men and lesbians. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Wash. state passes gay marriage bill

The Washington state House of Representatives approved a Senate-passed bill to legalize gay marriage in a vote on Feb. 8 that moved the state another step closer to becoming the seventh to recognize same-sex nuptials. House passage of the measure came a day after a federal appeals court declared California's voter-approved gay marriage ban unconstitutional.