Gov. Chris Gregoire and Secretary of State Sam Reed certified Referendum 74 at a ceremony on Wednesday afternoon, granting gay and lesbian couples the right to marry in Washington state.
“We’ve said one more step, one more step,” Gregoire said before signing the law, which takes effect Thursday. “This is the last step for marriage equality in Washington state.”
Terry Virgona and her partner, Marcy Kulland, were at the signing ceremony. They plan to wed on Sept. 28, 2013 — their 21st anniversary.
“I”m ecstatic,” said Virgona, a retired Army nurse. “I never thought this would happen.”