Washington Moves Towards More Equality, Still Falls Short
January 30, 2009 by Bryan
Washington, a state that currently has a very limited Domestic Partnership law, seeks to expand DP’s into something closer to the likes of Oregon’s Domestic Partnership law. This means a large expansion of the rights, privileges and responsibilities afforded to committed gay and lesbian couples.
Lawmakers announced a move they hope leads to another milestone for them: the expansion of the state’s domestic partnership law to offer same-sex couples all the rights and benefits given to heterosexual married couples.
The 110-page bill makes changes to all remaining areas of state law where currently only married couples are addressed. The bill would add same-sex domestic partners to state statutes ranging from labor and employment to pensions and other public employee benefits.
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The domestic partnership bills are Senate Bill 5688 and House Bill 1727.