The Washington Legislature has approved a measure that recognizes out-of-state domestic partnerships.
On a 28-19 vote, the Senate cleared the last hurdle for the bill. It now heads to Gov. Chris Gregoire’s desk. Under the measure, gay marriages performed elsewhere would be recognized as domestic partnerships here, as well as domestic partnerships performed in other states.
At this time, five states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriages. Washington is the fourth state to approve a bill recognizing same-sex couples from other states, following Rhode Island, New York and Maryland.
The measure enjoyed wide support among Democrats. It passed the House 58-39, mostly on party-line votes.
The measure now heads to Governor Chris Gregoire (D), who has indicated she will sign the bill into law.