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Washington Will Not Recognize Same Sex Marriages

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - As of 5:01 p.m. Monday, same sex couples in California are being legally married. The state is also allowing non-resident couples to marry as well.

However, a spokesperson for the Washington Attorney General's Office said Washington state will not recognize same sex couples married in California.

Right now, Washington only supports domestic partnerships. But some state lawmakers anticipate that will change.

"It's likely in 2009 that we'll continue to expand the domestic partner registry and there will also be a proposal to open up marriage to same sex couples," said Washington State Representative Jamie Pedersen, (D) 43rd District.    

Pedersen said Washington state is divided on gay marriage. Back in 1998, the state ruled marriage can only be between a man and a woman.  So far, annual attempts to change the law have been unsuccessful.

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