Washington state to recognise out-of-state gay marriages

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The US state of Washington is to recognise gay marriages performed in other states as domestic partnerships.

A bill has already passed in the state Senate 28-19 and by 58-39 in the House.

It is now awaiting approval from governor Chris Gregoire.

Washington state already allows gay couples to have domestic partnerships, which grant some of the rights of marriage.

Five US states and the District of Columbia currently allow gay couples to marry.