Congratulations to Equal Rights Washington and other local activists who worked to get this bill passed.
A bill to expand domestic partnership rights just passed the state senate 29-20, after having already passed the house and it's expected to be signed by Gov. Gregoire soon.
The measure adds domestic partners to sections of laws where previously only spouses were mentioned, including areas referring to probate and trusts, community property and homestead exemptions, and guardianship and powers of attorney.
The underlying domestic partnership law, passed last year, already provides hospital visitation rights, the ability to authorize autopsies and organ donations, and inheritance rights when there is no will.