In Washington, Trends Favor Domestic Partnership Law

The Seattle Times has the latest on Washington's vote on whether to give same-sex couples the same rights as married couples: The trends looked ...
by | November 4, 2009
 

The Seattle Times has the latest on Washington's vote on whether to give same-sex couples the same rights as married couples:

The trends looked positive for the measure, which would expand the state's domestic-partnership law.

It was winning by nearly 3-to-1 in King County, where about 30 percent of the state's voters reside, and also doing well in other Puget Sound-area counties. It was being soundly rejected across Eastern Washington and in many other counties.

But fewer votes remained to be counted where it was being rejected than where it was winning approval, according to a Seattle Times analysis.

If the domestic-partnership law is upheld, the results in Washington and Maine probably will say a lot about where the country is on gay rights (or at least where Democratic-leaning states are). A majority of voters are willing to recognize same-sex unions and confer legal rights on those unions. But, a majority isn't willing to call those unions marriages.

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