Sunday, March 6, 2011

Bill Recognizing Out of State Marriages Clears Washington State House

     Some pretty good news out of Washington State today. The House of Representatives passed, in a 58-39 vote, a bill that would recognize all same-sex marriages performed out of state.The bill was sponsored by Tacoma Representative Laurie Jenkins (pictured left).

     Under current Washington law, only those arrangements that are called domestic partnerships or civil unions are treated as Washington domestic partnerships, effectively ensuring that married couples from other states and countries have no legal protections because their union is not called a "civil union" or "domestic partnership". This bill would allow all marriages performed outside Washington to also be considered a Washington domestic partnership.

      Though its not as good as full marriage equality, the Washington House is at least attempting to ensure that couples are not magically "un-married" when they enter the states boundaries. Now let us hope that the Senate has just as much common sense as the House.

The full text of the bill can be found here.

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