Washington's Domestic Partner Law Goes into Effect Today
This is Washington Governor Christine Gregoire and Secretary of State Sam Reed certifying the results of the November election in which Referendum 71 was approved by voters:
"The new law had been on hold pending the public vote, and will now go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, 30 days after the Nov. 3 General Election. The law is Senate Bill 5688 and applies to state-registered domestic partners, both same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples where at least one partner is 62 or older. According to the canvass of returns certified by Secretary Reed and later proclaimed by Governor Gregoire, R-71 had 951,822 votes to approve the law and 838,842 to repeal."
Gay couples in Washington state now have everything but marriage.