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Domestic partners have same federal rights as married couples

Domestic partners who are registered in Washington have similar rights and responsibilities as married couples. The United States Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in June, which also led to a change in the Internal Revenue Service policy. The IRS now recognizes legal same sex marriages, regardless of whether the marriage is considered legal in the state where the couple resides. A same-sex couple that registers their marriage in one state where it is legal but resides in a state where their marriage is not recognized will have the same benefits and tax deductions under the new laws.

More domestic partners consider name changes

In Washington State and across the United States, domestic partners and same-sex couples face a unique set of challenges. With legal protections that vary significantly from state-to-state, same-sex couples must be careful to protect themselves when it comes to family law issues at all stages of their relationship.

Federal government may focus more on same-sex couples

Residents of Washington may be interested to learn that President Obama appears to be signaling a new willingness to address head-on the plight of same-sex couples throughout the United States. In Washington, same-sex couples are now allowed to get married or form domestic partnerships as a result of the November election.

Same-sex couples still face obstacles despite legalization

Despite the fact that Washington now recognizes domestic partnerships as the equivalent of marriage under state law, there are still significant obstacles for same-sex couples under federal law. Probably the most significant obstacle that same-sex couples face is the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The following is a summary of DOMA and an overview of how the law can affect domestic partnerships, despite their newfound status in the state of Washington.

The fallout from same-sex marriage approval in Washington state

While many Spokane residents may be relieved the campaign season has come to an end, others may be asking what, if any, changes the state can expect to see. Of particular note was Referendum 74, which we all know passed in Washington state last week.

Marriage debate obscures Washington domestic partnerships

With the upcoming election, Washington state finds itself embroiled in an ongoing debate over same-sex marriage. The heated arguments sometimes obscure the fact that the state already does have a domestic partnership registry that confers some of the same rights as marriage.

Will same-sex marriage be overturned in Washington state?

Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a state law in February legalizing gay marriage in the state. Opponents of same-sex marriage in Washington state are trying to obtain 120,577 signatures in order to allow a referendum seeking to overturn the family law.

Washington state poised to OK gay marriage by Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day might mark more marriage proposals than usual in Washington this year. This is, of course, because the gay marriage bill was passed Wednesday night by the Washington State Senate and the House is expected to pass the legislation as early as next week.

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