Hooray, State Senate!

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Last night, the state Senate passed the domestic partnership bill to give gay couples all the rights that married straight ones have--at least to the extent that the state can provide that. The legislation seems likely to pass the House as well, and Gregoire has said she'll sign it.

Of course, once those gay couples leave Washington's boundaries, they're at the mercy of whatever state they end up in. Ours is a good state for being gay, but in part only because so many places are so awful. (For example, even libertarian Nevada has a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.)

On the marriage front, the California Supreme Court will deliver its decision on Prop 8 tomorrow. According to the LA Times, "Most legal analysts expect that the court will garner enough votes to uphold existing marriages but not enough to overturn Proposition 8." In the meantime, gay marriage supporters have begun gathering signatures for an initiative to overturn Prop 8. (Will this become a yearly battle?) Perhaps this time they won't sit on their trump card.

 
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