Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has publicly announced her support for marriage equality, setting the state on course to become the seventh to legalize same-sex marriage. “It is time in Washington state for marriage equality,” Gregoire said at a news conference Wednesday, according to Reuters. “It is time, it’s the right thing to do. For all couples, a state marriage license is very important. It gives them the right to enter into a marriage contract in which their legal interests, and those of their children if any, are protected by well-established civil law,” Gregoire said, reports the wire service.