Local Applications Lack For Domestic Partnership Registrations
KENNEWICK, Wash. - The State of Washington now recognizes homosexual and elderly couples as domestic partnerships. At noon on Wednesday 544 couples had already registered. But so far no one in Benton or Franklin county has picked up an application.
With the option of applying online as well, that doesn't necessarily mean no local people have registered, but one gay community leader said he understands why they wouldn't.
He said the new law still leaves many questions unanswered.
"Let's say 6 months from now a couple breaks up. Is their property going to be viewed as common law in some form, or is it not because they're not in a marriage? There's still a lot questions about what this will do and change," said Mark Lee, Vista Youth Center.
Right now the law gives partners a handful of rights including hospital visitation, health insurance benefits, and select rights when their partner dies.
This week Lee invites all people to come view the film "Inlaws & OUTLAWS" this Friday night at 8 p.m. at the Vista Youth Center at 2625 W. Bruneau Place in Kennewick. Film critics said it examines the nature of marriage both gay and straight.