Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Hallelujah! The Domestic Partnership Bill passes in Washington State!

News flash! The Domestic Partnership bill, giving new legal protections to same-sex couples, passed, this afternoon, in the Washington State legislature. This isn't marriage equality, yet, but it's one step in a long journey that began, in Washington, 30 years ago when the first gay person (the late Cal Anderson) in the legislature began to press for civil rights for sexual minorities.


LinguistFriend said...

I remember your description of your witness to this idea, with a young companion from the Whidbey group, and am sure that this is gratifying, as far as it goes. The existence of such leglislation may help in the long run to stabilize lives which could not previously be legally joined.

Joel said...

If it stops here, you won't hear any complaints from this traditionalist. I've always thought there should be a way to give non-married couples the same legal benefits as married ones.

Alas, it probably won't stop here.