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Domestic Partnership Rights Seminar in Pasco

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PASCO, Wash.-- A seminar regarding domestic partnership rights was put together by members of the Vista Youth Center and Roth-Coleman Attorneys, at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco.

Just last year Washington legislature passed Senate Bill 5336. This allows same-sex and senior citizen couples to register as partners.

Since then more than 3,000 couples have registered. The law gives heterosexual married couples close to 500 rights, and last year's bill allowed domestic partners to get 23 of these.

"So couples in the room that have been together for more than 10 years and have more than 6 kids between them, you know don't they have the right to have a legally protected relationship?," said Mark Lee, Executive Director of Vista Youth Center.

In 2008 a new bill hopes to increase these rights to 174, in areas concerning financial security. Advocates for this bill say they're looking for equality in rights because domestic partners contribute to the economy just like same-sex couples do.