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Wash. To Convert Same-Sex Partners Into Marriage

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SEATTLE (AP) - Washington state plans to convert thousands of same-sex partners into married couples on June 30, if they haven't gotten married on their own or dissolved their union by then.
    
The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/NZnGTW ) this change is the final piece of the state's same-sex marriage law. But it's a provision many couples are unaware of and some may not even like.
    
Some couples may have broken up years ago and are now married - illegally - to other people. Some live in other states where their partnerships are not recognized and dissolution is not possible.
    
By mid-to-late March, the Secretary of State's Office plans to send out notices to those in the domestic-partnership registry, alerting them to the pending change.
    
As of Friday, an estimated 6,500 same-sex couples remained in the state registry.
    
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