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Domestic Partnership bill passes House committee
Domestic Partnership bill passes House committee
by Nick Ardizzone - SGN Staff Writer

Last week Sen. Ed Murray's Domestic Partnership rights expansion bill, Senate Bill 5688, which grants domestic partners all of the same rights and obligations as married couples in the state of Washington, passed through the House Judiciary Committee. Additional benefits granted by the passage of the bill which had previously been denied same-sex couples include pension benefits for state workers, workers' compensation coverage, and business license transfers to surviving spouses.

The bill also eliminates much of the red tape and fees pertaining to the adoption of the biological child of one of the members of a domestic partnership.

Rep. Jamie Pedersen, who spoke with the SGN on April 2, believes the bill will be heard in the House Ways and Means Committee early next week before it passes into the House Rules Committee on its way onto the governor's desk.

"This bill completes the work that we've been doing over the last few years on Domestic Partnerships," Pedersen said.

Republicans attempted to put 14 amendments on the bill, all of which were defeated.

Pedersen said his favorite moment of the hearing came when Rep. Matt Shea, an outspoken opponent of civil rights for Gay and Lesbian couples, asked how many people signed in on each side of the bill. "Last time, we were dramatically outnumbered," Pedersen said. "I think it was 120 people against, and 20 signed in for."

At last week's hearing, 45 people signed in for the bill, with only 35 against - a 71% drop for the opposition.

Despite having the numbers on their side, there was a hostile atmosphere at the hearing. As the bill's sponsors asked supporters "not to drag it out," seven people spoke in favor of the bill, while 22 spoke against.

"A lot of them said things like we would all be turned into pillars of salt," Pedersen recalled. "Everybody has a right to express their views - this is the core of the First Amendment, to allow the free exchange of ideas."

"Even if they're not good ideas," he added.

"You could be frustrated by the hearing," Pedersen said, "but I think ultimately that it was more frustrating for them, because they know we have the votes to pass it."

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