CitizenLink: Washington Governor Signs Domestic Partnership Bill:

4-23-2007

Washington Governor Signs Domestic Partnership Bill

Same-sex couples will be able to register as domestic partners in Washington state starting this summer, after Gov. Chris Gregoire on Saturday signed a measure into law that will grant some of the rights of marriage.

The law, which takes effect in July, comes nearly a year after the state Supreme Court upheld Washington’s ban on same-sex marriage in a 5-4 decision, ruling that state lawmakers were justified in passing the 1998 Defense of Marriage Act, which restricts marriage to unions between a man and woman.

“I think it’s an unfortunate step backward, not knowing where it will lead us culturally,” Joseph Fuiten, a pastor who is the leader of Positive Christian Agenda, told The Associated Press.

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