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Domestic Partnership Registry

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WASHINGTON - The Washington House of Representatives passed a bill that would create legally-recognized domestic partnerships for same-sex couples Tuesday night.

The bill would create registry that would give partners more rights with hospital visitations, authorizing an autopsy and organ donation and it would increase inheritance rights when there was no will in place.

The bill has already passed the Senate and Tuesday the House voted 63 to 35 in favor.

A Kennewick gay man who only wanted to be identified by his first name, Jay, said he thinks everyone should have the same rights and believes measures to make laws equal for gays are long over due.

Jay said, "I think that would be wonderful.  I think society needs to realize that gay people are here and they're not going anywhere, so that would be a good thing."

Under the proposed bill to be registered, couples would have to be at least 18 years old, share a home and not be married.

Any heterosexual senior over 62 in a domestic partnership would also qualify for the registry. 

The bill now heads to the governor.

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