OLYMPIA - State Senator Mary Margaret Haugen of Camano Island has announced her support for same sex marriage.

She is reportedly the 25th Senate vote. That's the number needed for passage in the State Senate. The House already has the votes needed for passage.

Haugen spoke with KING 5 s Robert Mak after she made her decision.

I ve had hundreds of very heartfelt, sincere letters, she said. I ve had letters that are threatening and other letters that aren t so pleasant, but I m Christian, and I don t believe it s my right to judge other people, and I really try to live by the Golden Rule, and I believe I m following my faith at this point. I really think it s the right thing to do.

Sen. Ed Murray, a sponsor of the bill, issued a statement praising Haugen's decision.

Her decision means families across our state may step out of a special second class and into equality this year, he said.

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