Washington's domestic partnership law goes into effect today

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December 3, 2009

Gov. Gregoire and Secretary Reed certify 2009 election results. Photo credit: Washington Secretary of State's office

OLYMPIA, Washington: Today, Washington's new domestic partnership law goes into effect. Referendum 71, approved by voters on November 3rd, grants state registered domestic partners in Washington all rights, responsibilities, and obligations granted by or imposed by state law on married couples.[1] The new domestic partnership law, approved by the legislature and governor as SB 5688, was slated to go into effect on July 26, 2009 but was instead placed on the ballot by veto referendum.[2] Gov. Chris Gregoire and Secretary of State Sam Reed officially certified the November 3, 2009 statewide election results on Tuesday, December 1.[3]

Referendum 71
Result Votes Percentage
Approveda Yes 951,822 53.15%
No 838,842 46.85%
Total votes 1,790,664 100.00%
Voter turnout 50.47%

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* Washington Referendum 71 (2009)