Domestic Partnership Expansion in WA State

Yesterday on the Seattle Times site, attention was brought to the recent proposition expanding our state’s domestic partnership law. Described as “everything but marriage“, the expansion is being sponsored by Senator Ed Murray and Representative Jamie Pederson.

“Murray and Pedersen, two of the Legislature’s five openly gay lawmakers, said they had the support of Democratic leadership for the measure. And while Gov. Christine Gregoire hasn’t yet seen the bill, she is supportive of expanding the domestic-partnership law, spokesman Aaron Toso said.”

A related story on the Times site summarizes the rights bestowed by current domestic partnership legislature, passed in 2007 and also sponsored by Senator Ed Murray, as well as what would be gained by the proposed bill including “property and guardianship rights”.

“The overriding theme for this package is the financial security of domestic partners and their families,” Pedersen said. “A lot of this is tied to letting people organize their affairs so they are secure financially.”

Equal Rights Washington will be hosting an Equality Day on March 12th in Olympia advocating “anti-discrimination legislature and marriage equality”. Visit their website for more details. Click here to send a message to your district representative.

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