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More people signing up for domestic partnership rights

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OLYMPIA -- Washington state's new "everything but marriage" law starts Thursday and the number of registrations continues to rise.

Ref. 71 approved by more than 53% of the voters.

The Secretary of State issued a release that says there have been a substantial increase in filings of domestic partnerships since the election. In fact the number of registrations has more than doubled.

Pam Floyd, the Corporations Director for the Secretary of State says on average there are generally 35 new registrations a week. But since the election, the number has more than doubled to 90.

Floyd says, "we believe that was because the open enrollment on insurance benefits, the deadline for changes was November 30th. so we think last week was the last week for partnerships to be registered in time to make those changes."

She says the numbers will continue to rise. Right now, there are more than 6,500registrations.

The new law will give people expanded rights and responsibilities for domestic partners.