Skip to comments.Wash. Gov. Signs Domestic Partner Bill
Posted on 04/21/2007 3:00:41 PM PDT by Princip. Conservative
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law Saturday a measure to create domestic partnerships, giving gay and lesbian couples some of the same rights that come with marriage.
The law creates a domestic partnership registry and provides enhanced rights for same-sex couples, including hospital visitation rights, the ability to authorize autopsies and organ donations and inheritance rights when there is no will.
"It offers the hope that one day, all lesbian and gay families will be treated truly equal under the law," said state Sen. Ed Murray, who is one of five openly gay lawmakers in the Legislature.
To be registered, couples have to share a home, not be married or in a domestic relationship with someone else and be at least 18.
Unmarried, heterosexual senior couples will also be eligible to register if one partner is at least 62. Lawmakers said that provision, similar to one in California law, was included to help seniors who are at risk of losing pension rights and Social Security benefits if they remarry.
Gregoire received a standing ovation from about 200 people in the ornate reception room at the state Capitol.
"This is a very proud moment for me as governor, to make sure the rights of all of our citizens are equal," Gregoire said.
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Actually, this is a very unproud day for Washington State that they have this measure passed. That said, we should be thankful that, under the harshly anti-Republican circumstances in Washington, they didn't get something much worse than this. Democrats hold a solid 62-36 majority in the WA House and 32-17 in the WA Senate. That coupled with a liberal Democrat in the statehouse puts us conservatives totally on defensive for this kind of thing. Just thank God that we didn't get full-blown gay marriage. Even still, it's a sad day for Washington.
This bitch shouldn’t even be governor.
This feature alone will cause more litigation that we can imagine.
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The legislature and the governor are voted into office by the voters of Washington state. If anyone is to blame, it would be the voters.
>The legislature and the governor are voted into office by the voteres of Washington state. If anyone is to blame, it would be the voters.<
Ha! That’s what you think! Gregoire lost three times before she won in the same election! They kept “finding ballots”. Rossi won fair and square. Gregoire insisted on recounts and fed the ballot box until she won! What makes you think the legislators don’t pull the same trick?
Read the little book, “Votescam”, by James and Kenneth Collier. Don’t be naive. It could be happening in your state, too!
In our nation, we've always had equality in marriage laws. Any "gay" man has always had the right to marry a woman. Any lesbian woman has always had the right to marry a man.
What's the big deal?
Now isnt that just Ducky? Washington state is more evidence that you get the government you deserve.
They don’t specify the requirements in the least here.
No offense, but I think that is a pretty weak argument. By the same logic, one could argue that “gay marriage” doesn’t extend special rights to homosexuals because every heterosexual has just as much right to gay marry as a homosexual.
Bump that. She kept counting and manufacturing votes until she finally had enough.
To put the point plainly, marriage is between a man and a woman. What law denies any American the benefit of that? I don't see the homosexual lobby having a basis of complaint.
Like I said before, what's the big deal?
Aint’ that the truth? Gregoire blantantly stole the election, she’s never going to be viewed as a legitimate governor, not even here.
No second term, she’ll just have to find a new dog.
When do our pre-born citizens receive equal rights?
OR is on the verge of passing something similar. The gays are celebrating now. But one year from now, the same gays will be whining at how unfair the new law is.
CT passed domestic partnership laws. Now, CT gays are demanding gay marriage.
Don’t you have to put “Governor” in quotes due to the theft of the election?
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