Joe Mirabella

Pending bill to protect same sex married couples in Washington

Filed By Joe Mirabella | January 25, 2010 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: domestic partnership, gay marriage, Jame Pedersen, pikes place market, same-sex marriage, Washington State

Washington state Representative Jamie Pedersen introduced legislation that would protect same sex married couples under Washington's domestic partnership law.

Under the law approved by voters last November, registered same sex domestic partners from other states like California and Oregon are protected while in Washington. However, same sex married coupes are not protected.

Consider the potential legal ramifications for a married lesbian couple from San Francisco who flies to Seattle for a weekend get away. If one of them is injured in a freak Pike's Place Market accident by getting whacked in the head by a flying salmon and has to go the emergency room, her spouse would have absolutely no right to visit her loved one in the hospital while she recovered from her fishy injury. That just stinks.

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Under the new law, new residents, visitors, or even people passing through our airports, would be covered under the domestic partnership law if they have a same sex marriage from another state or Canada. Their relationship would be legally considered a domestic partnership under state law, not a marriage.

The bill is expected to pass easily.

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Can you imagine the entire patchwork of laws and regulations that are going to have to be sewn together to keep all of the various marriage-of-one-sort-or-another rights consistently honored?

Yet another reason why it should just be "marriage."