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Because our Supreme Court believes procreation is a rational reason to ban gay marriage, every year Washington legislators introduce bills to expand the rights of domestic partners.
This year's bills are properly bold, making domestic partnerships the equivalent of marriage in everything but name. Language like this indicates makes it clear there will be no more nibbling at the edges:
It is the intent of the legislature that for all purposes under state law, state registered domestic partners shall be treated the same as married spouses. Any privilege, immunity, right, benefit, or responsibility granted or imposed by statute, administrative or court rule, policy, common law or any other law to an individual because the individual is or was a spouse...is granted on equivalent terms, substantive and procedural, to an individual because the individual is or was in a state registered domestic partnership...The provisions of this act shall be liberally construed to achieve equal treatment, to the extent not in conflict with federal law, of state registered domestic partners and married spouses.Read the Senate bill here and the House bill here. It's still horseshit that Washington can't call gay partnerships marriages, but if these bills pass, it'll be a huge step in the right direction.
rights, including rights under group policies, policy rights after
death of spouse, conversion rights, and continuing coverage rights
process rights, such as the ability to sign certain documents, the
requirement to join in certain petitions, rights to cause of action,
and ability to transfer licenses without charge