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Governor signing everything-but-marriage bill into law Monday in Seattle...

From the governor's office:

Gov. Chris Gregoire on Monday will take action on three bills which expand rights to domestic partners:
Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 1445, relating to domestic partners under the Washington State Patrol retirement system.
Engrossed House Bill No. 1616, relating to the state pension benefits of certain domestic partners.
Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill No. 5688, relating to further expanding the rights and responsibilities of state registered domestic partners.
10:30 a.m.        Gov. Gregoire to take action on HB 1445, HB 1616 and SB 5688
                        Montlake Community Center, Multipurpose Room
1618 E Calhoun St

SB 5688 gives domestic partners, including same-sex couples, most of the rights and responsibilities of spouses under state law. (Federal law doesn't recognize domestic partners.) It  has prompted a referendum attempt by church groups and others who say that is virtually the same thing as same-sex marriage. The Faith and Freedom Network and others have filed Referendum 71, which would ask voters in November if they want to veto the new law.

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