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Gov. Chris Gregoire, right, looks on at a House floor debate on gay marriage with Sen. Ed Murray, left, D-Seattle, and Sen. Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, from the wings Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in Olympia, Wash. Lawmakers are poised to legalize gay marriage in Washington state, which would make it the seventh state in the nation to allow same-sex couples to wed. The expected action comes a day after a federal appeals court declared California's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, saying it was a violation of the civil rights of gay and lesbian couples. The Washington House is expected to begin debate Wednesday afternoon. The measure is expected to pass comfortably. Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire is likely to sign the bill next week. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)