Washington Succeeds with Measure 71

While the state of Maine lost marriage rights, in Washington, Referendum Measure 71 passed, 51% to 49%. The text of the measure was as follows…

The legislature passed Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5688 concerning rights and responsibilities of state-registered domestic partners and voters have filed a sufficient referendum petition on this bill.

This bill would expand the rights, responsibilities, and obligations accorded state-registered same-sex and senior domestic partners to be equivalent to those of married spouses, except that a domestic partnership is not a marriage.

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