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Washington State Governor signs domestic partnership bill into law

It’s not full marriage equality, but Christine Gregoire created legal rights for gay and lesbian couples that they did not have before. (365gay):

The domestic partnership bill will create a domestic partnership registry with the state, and provide enhanced rights for same-sex couples, including hospital visitation rights, the ability to authorize autopsies and organ donations and inheritance rights when there is no will.

To be registered, couples would have to share a home, not be married or in a domestic relationship with someone else, and be at least 18.

Unmarried, heterosexual senior couples would also be eligible for domestic partnerships if one partner were at least 62. Lawmakers said that provision was included to help seniors who are at risk of losing pension rights and Social Security benefits if they remarry.

The state has a DOMA in place that prohibits full marriage equality; last year the state Supreme Court insulted the intelligence of Washington’s citizens by ruling that marriage was designed for procreation, and thus was open only to opposite-sex couples.

The court also stated that the legislature could choose to overturn the DOMA and extend marriage to gays and lesbians; they have settled on this separate and unequal measure for the time being.

Hell, it’s still more than what I have here in NC, but the fight must go on.

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