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January 31, 2012 at 1:09 PM

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Senate gay marriage debate likely to start late Wednesday

Senate floor debate on same-sex marriage legislation is expected to start in the late afternoon or early evening on Wednesday, according to state Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, the prime sponsor of the bill.

The Senate wants to spend the day moving bills out of committee in advance of the Friday deadline for policy legislation that doesn't deal with the state budget.

Twenty-five senators have publicly endorsed the legislation, which is the number of votes needed to pass the bill in the Senate. Supporters say they have enough votes to approve the measure in the House as well, and Gov. Chris Gregoire has said she supports it.

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