For Immediate Release
Task Force Applauds Washington Legislature's Passage of Bill Expanding State Domestic Partnership Rights
WASHINGTON - The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds the Washington Legislature's passage of a bill expanding the rights and responsibilities associated with the state's domestic partnership registry. Gov. Christine Gregoire is expected to sign it. The House passed the legislation last night by a 62-35 vote, following the Senate's passage on March 11 by a 30-18 vote.
Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
"This measure will bring same-sex couples in Washington state one step closer to realizing equal treatment under the law. Particularly in times of economic crisis, it is vital that same-sex couples and their families have access to health care and other critical protections provided through this legislation.
"While clearly not a substitute for legal marriage, it is a step in the right direction. We congratulate Equal Rights Washington for its hard work to advance this important legislation, and we look forward to the day when full legal marriage is a reality for same-sex couples in Washington state."
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, building the organizational capacity of our movement and generating groundbreaking research through our Policy Institute.