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Washington recognizes the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry. And because the US Supreme Court overturned parts of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal government also recognizes LGBT marriages. This means same-sex married couples living in Washington are eligible for all rights and benefits afforded to heterosexual married couples.
Here is a run-down on Washington law affecting the LGBTQ community:
1 Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships: Same-sex marriage in Washington state has been legal since December 6, 2012.
The state passed a statute defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman in 1998. In the 2006 case Andersen v. King County, the Washington Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of that law. Since 2007 Washington state has recognized its own state-registered domestic partnerships, which are considered equivalent to the domestic partnerships, civil unions, and marriages of same-sex couples in other jurisdictions. It has also recognized same-sex civil unions and domestic partnerships established in other jurisdictions since then.
Since 2011, Washington state has recognized same-sex marriages performed elsewhere as the equivalent of its own domestic partnerships.
Governor Chris Gregoire signed Washington’s law authorizing same-sex marriages on February 13, 2012, but opponents gathered enough signatures to force a voter referendum on the legislation. Voters approved the law in the November election by a margin of 54% to 46%. Same-sex marriages have been recognized by the state since that law took effect on December 6, 2012.
To date, sixteen states – CA, CT, DE, HI, IA, IL, ME, MD, MA, MN, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT, and WA – plus Washington, D.C. have the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.
2 Adoption Law: IWashington state law permits a legally competent adult to petition to adopt without respect to marital status. Same-sex couples can adopt jointly and can arrange second-parent adoptions as well.
3 Anti-Discrimination Law: Washington state law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Washington state law criminalizes “malicious harassment” and violence against individuals because of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
4 Sodomy Law: Laws against consensual sodomy were repealed in June 1975.
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