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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Washington state assembly passed domestic partnership bill
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On April 10, 2007, the Washington State House of Representatives approved a domestic partnership bill that granted same-sex couples privileges such as hospital visitation rights, inheritance rights, and the power to authorize medical procedures. The bill, passed by the Washington State Senate earlier in 2007, created a domestic partnership registry to allow both homosexual and heterosexual couples to qualify for benefits. Governor Chris Gregoire signed the bill into law later that month.

Learn more about the laws governing same-sex marriage and domestic partnerships from the JURIST news archive.

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