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  [WA] Senate to vote on domestic partnerships
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Last EditedRalphie  Feb 02, 2007 09:53am
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CategoryProposed Legislation
News DateFriday, February 2, 2007 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionA measure that would create domestic partnerships for same-sex couples in Washington is headed to a vote on the state Senate floor, over the objections of opponents who argue the partnerships would essentially be the same as marriage.

The bill would create a domestic partnership registry with the state, and would provide enhanced rights for same-sex couples, including hospital visitation, 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.

Similar to California law, unmarried, heterosexual senior couples would also be eligible for domestic partnerships, if one partner were at least 62.
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