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Washington Domestic Partners Anniversary

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Wednesday marks the one year anniversary of domestic partners being legally recognized in the State of Washington.

In the past year, 4,280 couples have registered as domestic partners. They now have several rights previously reserved only for married couples. Some members of the gay community are thrilled Washington recognizes their relationships.

"I feel honored to have a state that recognizes that I'm valid enough that I deserve the rights of other people. Like my relationship, it should be protected under the law as other people are," said Mark Lee, Vista Youth Center in Kennewick.   

Right now California is one of only two states that officially recognizes same sex marriages. However in November, people in California will vote on whether or not to define marriage between a man and a woman.