Alex Blaze

Washington state expands domestic partnership bill

Filed By Alex Blaze | April 16, 2009 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Media
Tags: domestic partnership, France, gay marriage, lesbian, LGBT, marriage, marriage equality, New Jersey, pacs, same-sex marriage, straight, Washington

Washington state upgrades domestic partnerships:

The Democratic-controlled House approved the Senate-passed measure on a mostly party-line 62-35 vote after nearly two hours of debate. It next goes to Gov. Chris Gregoire, who said she will sign it into law.

"Our state is one that thrives on diversity," Gregoire, a Democrat, said in a statement. "We have to respect and protect all of the families that make up our communities."

The bill expands on previous domestic partnership laws by adding reference to partnerships alongside all remaining areas of state law where currently only married couples are mentioned. The statutes range from labor and employment rights to pensions and other public employee benefits.

Conservatives are responding to it as (unsurprisingly) a threat to marriage.

I don't know why we don't just start to look at DP's and CU's as separate, but valuable, institutions from marriage. WA state doesn't have same-sex marriage, so lay off, Republicans. By the same token, this is something to celebrate and not a lesser form of marriage - just something else that's valuable to lots of people that isn't marriage.

Because, as France has proved by having civil unions open to everyone and now applications by straight couples far outnumber those by same-sex couples, there is a need for a space in between "married" and "roommates."

Straight people would thank us later for creating that space.

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Let's create that space for straight people after they allow us the choice to marry or not just like they have the option now.

I'm not feeling like I need to work to create room for them right know what i mean?