Domestic partnership law gives gay couples same rights as marriage - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Domestic partnership law gives gay couples same rights as marriage

Protest sign from same-sex rights rally in Spokane (November 2008) Protest sign from same-sex rights rally in Spokane (November 2008)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Chris Gregoire is signing legislation today (at 10:30 in Seattle) to expand the rights of same-sex couples.

The domestic partnership measure was known as the "everything but marriage" bill in the Legislature. It gives gay and lesbian couples all the state benefits of married heterosexuals.

More than 5,300 domestic partnership registrations had been filed in Washington since July 2007.

Washington is one of five states along with New Jersey, California, New Hampshire, Oregon, and the District of Columbia with laws that recognize civil unions or domestic partnerships similar to marriage.

Five states have legalized same-sex marriage. Thirty states have gay marriage bans.

Opponents have filed a referendum. They'll have until July 25 to collect about 121,000 signatures to force a public vote on the issue in November. The president of the Faith and Freedom Network, Gary Randall, thinks it's too close to marriage.

Other religious leaders says this is the wrong fight. The leader of Positive Christian Agenda, Joseph Fuiten, says it will undermine their position in the coming fight over gay marriage.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Disturbing videos on YouTube Kid's app are tricking your kids, and could be hurting them

    Disturbing videos on YouTube Kid's app are tricking your kids, and could be hurting them

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 10:31 PM EST2017-11-22 03:31:12 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash.- Google is cracking down on disturbing cartoons that appear on the YouTube Kid's App. Google owns YouTube, and says it's rolling out new policies in the coming weeks to make sure the cartoons, which appear to be made for kids but have very inappropriate adult-themes, are taken down. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash.- Google is cracking down on disturbing cartoons that appear on the YouTube Kid's App. Google owns YouTube, and says it's rolling out new policies in the coming weeks to make sure the cartoons, which appear to be made for kids but have very inappropriate adult-themes, are taken down. 

    >>
  • Woman raises more than $13K for charitable homeless man

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 6:28 PM EST2017-11-21 23:28:37 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA - An online campaign has raised more than $13,000 for a homeless man who used his last $20 to fill up the gas tank of a stranded motorist outside Philadelphia.

    >>

    PHILADELPHIA - An online campaign has raised more than $13,000 for a homeless man who used his last $20 to fill up the gas tank of a stranded motorist outside Philadelphia. The Gofundme.com campaign was started Nov. 10 by 27-year-old Kate McClure after she said she ran out of gas on Interstate-95 and a homeless man named Johnny Bobbitt Jr. offered to walk a few blocks to buy her some. 

    >>
  • Spokane man told to take down American and U.S. Air Force Flag

    Spokane man told to take down American and U.S. Air Force Flag

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 9:35 PM EST2017-11-22 02:35:59 GMT

    Many of us have them, others see them waving from businesses, flagpoles, or homes. We’re talking about the American Flag. On Monday, a Spokane man was told to take his down, along with a United States Air Force flag. The flags were hanging above Nicholas Magee’s balcony at the Deer Run Apartments in North Spokane. “It’s unbelievable that they would serve me that and tell me to tear down my uncles flag,” said Magee. “I would love to fly 

    >>

    Many of us have them, others see them waving from businesses, flagpoles, or homes. We’re talking about the American Flag. On Monday, a Spokane man was told to take his down, along with a United States Air Force flag. The flags were hanging above Nicholas Magee’s balcony at the Deer Run Apartments in North Spokane. “It’s unbelievable that they would serve me that and tell me to tear down my uncles flag,” said Magee. “I would love to fly 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/