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AP: Key Washington state gay marriage vote Wednesday

AP A proposal to legalize gay marriage in Washington state made it out of a final committee and faces its last major obstacle, a crucial vote Wednesday in the state Senate, where it has narrow support.

The bill is expected to pass, though perhaps with the minimum votes required for approval, tension the bill's sponsor Sen. Ed Murray underscored when he cautioned, "Nothing is done until it is actually voted on."

The Senate Rules Committee voted Tuesday to advance the measure for a vote by the full chamber.

The committee advanced the bill on a 14-7 vote, with seven of the eight Republicans on the committee in opposition. Sen. Cheryl Pflug, R-Maple Valley, voted to advance it. She is one of two Republican senators who have said they will support the measure.

The Senate vote Wednesday is expected to come in late afternoon or early evening

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