Tuesday, November 3, 2009

9:08 PM UPDATE on R-71

The numbers have stopped for the night. Here they are:

51.13% to APPROVE
48.87% to REJECT

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Opus #6 said...

I really don't understand the law. Is it a domestic partnership law? Not Gay Marriage? I think I'm in favor of equal rights for domestic partners, just don't call it marriage. Is that what happened?

The Gonzo Mama said...

SB 5688 was an expansion of rights (and responsibilities) for members of state-registered domestic partnerships.

It was passed/signed by Gov. Gregoire, but an preserve marriage group got enough signatures to take it to the voters. That's what this referendum was - to approve the SB.

Washington State already has some domestic partnership provisions in place - this is an expansion. It essentially provides all rights and responsibilities of marriage for domestic partnerships that are registered with the state.

Some text:

"It is the intent of the legislature that for all purposes under state law, state registered domestic partners shall be treated the same as married spouses. Any privilege, immunity, right, benefit, or responsibility granted or imposed by statute, administrative or court rule, policy, common law or any other law to an individual because the individual is or was a spouse, or because the individual is or was an in-law in a specified way to another individual, is granted on equivalent terms, substantive and procedural, to an individual because the individual is or was in a state registered domestic partnership or because the individual is or was, based on a state registered domestic partnership, related in a specified way to another individual."

It's more than medical decisions and insurance. It's pensions, parental rights, and other things afforded to or required of married persons.

Opus #6 said...

That sounds OK to me. I think they should have equal partnership rights. Just don't call it marriage. And I also don't think they should have equal adoption rights. Male/Female families should have preference in adoption, because I believe the male/female marriage is the ideal situation for raising children.

But otherwise, pension, child custody disputes and all the other should be the same. So it sounds like I would have supported the measure if I lived there.

The Gonzo Mama said...

It's still passing, with a narrow margin. We're mail-in, so it may be a while before they get the final numbers.



The people have spoken, I hope it all works out for the better.