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5 years 27 weeks ago, 11:53 AM

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The House on Friday passed a measure to expand the state's domestic partnership law by granting same-sex couples more than 170 of the benefits and responsibilities given to married couples.

The bill passed on a 62-32 vote after very little debate, and now goes to the Senate.

The measure adds domestic partners to sections of laws where previously only spouses were mentioned, including areas referring to probate and trusts, community property and homestead exemptions, and guardianship and powers of attorney.

The underlying domestic partnership law, passed last year, already provides hospital visitation rights, the ability to authorize autopsies and organ donations, and inheritance rights when there is no will.

Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, sponsor of the bill, said the measure is the "next step" to provide financial security for all families in the state.

"Rarely do we have an opportunity in our work here to help so many people without spending a dime," he said.

The measure makes dozens of changes to state law, including requiring domestic partners of public officials to submit financial disclosure forms, just as the spouses of heterosexual officials do.

It also would give domestic partners the same spousal testimony rights that married couples have, allowing domestic partners the right to refuse to testify against each other in court.

Opponents argued that expanding the current law dilutes traditional marriage.

"This measure will have a negative impact on our families, it will have a negative impact on the Defense of Marriage Act and a negative impact on society," said Rep. Bob Sump, R-Republic.

Lawmakers rejected two amendments, including one that would have required the measure to be approved by voters.

Under the measure, the process of ending a domestic partnership also would be changed, allowing the secretary of state to end partnerships only in the first five years, with several more restrictions relating to children, real property or unpaid debts.

All other partnerships would be dissolved in superior court — similar to conventional divorce.

To be registered as partners, couples must share a home, must not be married or in a domestic relationship with someone else, and be at least 18.

In a provision similar to California law, unmarried heterosexual senior couples also are eligible for domestic partnerships if one partner is at least 62. Lawmakers said that provision was included to help seniors who are at risk of losing pension rights and Social Security benefits if they remarry.

link:http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2004184982_webdomestic15.html

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5 years 27 weeks ago, 11:58 AM

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figuring out the opposition to this. With a nearly 50 percent national divorce rate, where is the sanctity of traditional marriage? This is a ridiculous argument and one in which individual liberty is being challenged by the "moral majority". Again, there are places in this world where the "moral majority" has taken over the business of lawmaking, and it's called Sharia. Perhaps Pat Robertson and his followers could go meet with the Ayatollah Khomeini and discuss strategy.

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5 years 27 weeks ago, 12:15 PM

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jus lookin for a reason not to go out there twice a week

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5 years 27 weeks ago, 4:45 PM

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lol

now Greasypaws can finally wear that stapless wedding dress!!!!

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5 years 27 weeks ago, 11:43 PM

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I gotta say live and let live but hate the gay thing.
But I always fall back to the preamble to the constitution. If life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is our objective then let the fags marry. Sometimes you need to respect something that repulses you because freedom is not always pretty.
I just get irate that the dem's pick and choose the constitutional freedoms that they find repulsive such as freedom of religion and 2nd amendment rights.
We need to be logical and unbiased. That is the problem with courts legislating from the bench.

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5 years 27 weeks ago, 12:44 AM

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clarification

the fags got the same rights as married people but they dont get to be "married".whatever,fuckin weirdos anyway!at least with out creating off spring they will die off in a generation or two.basic biology!

5 years 27 weeks ago, 6:02 PM

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They won't die off, hetero couples will continue having kids that turn out to be pole smokers and muff divers. THIS IS WHY WE MUST BAN CHILDREN!!!

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