If you are in a married, same-sex relationship, you may be a lot like me. Before I travel to any other state or country I familiarize myself with the local and state laws. I always want to be aware whether my Washington state domestic partnership is recognized. I want to know if we are protected in case something happens.
I usually don't travel to states that don't offer reciprocal relationship recognition unless it is absolutely necessary. When I do, it feels like playing Frogger on a busy highway. It is nerve wracking.
In Washington, gay and lesbian couples who are legally married in another state, the District of Columbia, or Canada were not protected when traveling here.
On Wednesday, the Washington legislature passed HB1649 to protect those couples when they are in Washington. Once the governor signs the bill and it becomes law, those couples will get all the same protections offered to Washington's over 8000 domestic partners.