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Most domestic partnerships to become marriages

Most domestic partnerships to become marriages

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OLYMPIA, Wash. –┬áThousands of registered domestic partners will start the week married in the eyes of the state, under a component of Washington’s same-sex marriage law that was approved by voters in 2012.

A provision of that law converts all same-sex domestic partnerships, in which both partners are under 62 years old, to marriage today.

Before same-sex marriage became legal in Washington, there were nearly 10,000 domestic partnership registrations with the secretary of state’s office.

Now, more than 6,500 such partnerships remain, and about 1,200 have been terminated.

More than 7,000 same-sex couples have been married since the new law took effect at the end of 2012, though not all of them were previously domestic partners.

Beginning today, domestic partnerships, for both heterosexual and gay couples, can only be filed where one partner is 62 or older.

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