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Washington State passes domestic partnership bill; governor to sign it

“It is an important step, I believe, for turning back the horrendous law that this Legislature passed in 1998, to deny gay and lesbian families the right to marry.”
— openly gay Washington State Sen. Ed Murray, on the passage of a DP bill

Even this small, but significant step is progress for lesbian and gay couples in the short run. (365gay):

Nearly a year after the state Supreme Court upheld Washington’s ban on same-sex marriage, the state Legislature passed a measure to give gay and lesbian couples some of the rights that come with marriage.

The measure passed 65-35 on Tuesday. The state Senate approved the bill last month, and it now heads to Gov. Chris Gregoire, who is expected to sign it into law.

It would create a domestic partnership registry with the state that provides, among other things hospital visitation rights, the ability to authorize autopsies and organ donations and inheritance rights when there is no will for gay and lesbian couples. DPs would also be open to straight senior couples, who would lose Sociey Security bennies if the remarry.

Even this move has outraged the bigots (surprised?).

We are chipping away at the very foundations of this institution and of society,” said Republican state Rep. Bill Hinkle. “This is taking us down a road we do not need to go.”

Man, this is tired. It’s not even full equality and his knickers are in a twist. Folks in Washington, keep forging ahead.

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