Washington state domestic partnership law

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Domestic partnership registrations are way up in Washington since election

More couples are registering for domestic partnerships in Washington state since voters approved the state’s “everything but marriage” law last month, becoming the first state in the  nation to vote rights for same-sex couples.

rita_hibbardwebThe new law takes effect today, providing expanded rights and responsibilities for same sex couples and some senior couples, including bereavement leave, health care coverage regulated by the state and medical decision making. Seattlepi.com's Chris Grygiel reports a big increase in filings since the election – an average of about 90 a week – up from about 35 to 40 previously.

Other state laws giving rights to domestic partners were approved by legislatures or courts.