Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire wishes President Barack Obama would join her in endorsing gay marriage.

At a press conference earlier this month, Gregoire for the first time announced that she supported giving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry and would sign a bill making Washington the seventh state to legalize gay marriage, if approved by lawmakers.

But it has been a long journey for Gregoire, who said she needed to overcome the objections of her Catholic faith before she could embrace marriage equality.

“It's been always on my mind tangentially and thinking about it, but I knew now was the time to face it,” she told gay glossy The Advocate. “And as I faced it both as a mom and as a wife and as a Catholic, as a governor, and wrote it down on a piece of paper, the logic of it all fell into the words that I put down there.”

“It's one thing to allow freedom of religion. It's another thing to put the state in the position where, in my opinion, it's engaged in discrimination. To the contrary, what I think New York and what we're trying to do here is respect religious freedom.”

She said that she has discussed marriage equality with gay friends, the children of gay and lesbian couples, and her own daughters.

“I think it's fundamentally wrong to discriminate. At the same time, I have accepted my religion can have religious freedom to do what it chooses to do, but that cannot allow a state to engage in discrimination, so that's been my evolution.”

She added that she hopes the president would join her on the issue, but added that she respects his “personal journey.”