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2009 Senate Bill 5688: State registered domestic partnership rights
Introduced by Sen. Ed Murray (Seattle) (D) on January 28, 2009 Provides that for all purposes under state law, state registered domestic partners shall be treated the same as married spouses. (See also Companion HB 1727).   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Government Operations and Elections Committee on January 28, 2009
Substitute offered in the Senate on February 12, 2009 Removes the reference to domestic partners in the definition of "marriage" in the statute dealing with sex offenses. The requirement that agencies amend their rules is subject to the availability of funds and language is added stating that nonconforming rules are still valid. The delayed effective date applies to the section amending the Basic Health Plan.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 12, 2009
Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on February 16, 2009
Substitute offered in the Senate on February 17, 2009 To remove sections of the bill dealing with the State Health Care Authority and the Public Employees Benefit Board. The delayed effective date of those sections of the bill having fiscal impact is changed from 2012 to 2014.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 17, 2009
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 17, 2009
Amendment offered by Sen. Ed Murray (Seattle) (D) on March 10, 2009 To make technical corrections to make provision of the bill cohesive with federal rules and regulations.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 10, 2009
Amendment offered by Sen. Dan Swecker, (R-Rochester) (R) on March 10, 2009 To add a referendum clause, requiring a vote of the people for adoption or rejection at the next general election.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 10, 2009
Amendment offered by Sen. Dan Swecker, (R-Rochester) (R) on March 10, 2009 To add a "reverse severability" clause. The entire act is null and void and has no effect if any provision of the act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 10, 2009
Passed 30 to 18 in the Senate on March 10, 2009
Received in the House on March 13, 2009
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on March 13, 2009
Referred to the House Ways & Means Committee on March 30, 2009
Referred to the House Rules Committee on April 6, 2009
Amendment offered by Rep. Bill Hinkle, (R-Cle Elum) (R) on April 15, 2009 To provide that the legislature has expressly prohibited same-sex marriage and the recognition of same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions, and that this act and any other provision in the code are not intended to, and shall not be construed to, modify or supersede the state law regarding what constitutes marriage.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 15, 2009
Amendment offered by Rep. Jay Rodne (North Bend) (R) on April 15, 2009 To add a referendum clause to the bill.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 15, 2009
Amendment offered by Rep. Charles Ross, (Naches) (R) on April 15, 2009 To provide that curricula, materials, classes, programs, and activities sponsored, authorized, or distributed by a public school and that presents, describes, or discusses lawful marriage in Washington must present, describe, or discuss lawful marriage as between a man and a woman and may not describe domestic partnerships as lawful marriage.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 15, 2009
Amendment offered by Rep. Matt Shea (Spokane Valley) (R) on April 15, 2009 To amends the marriage statutes to state that marriage does not include state registered domestic partnerships and a state registered domestic partnership does not constitute marriage.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 15, 2009
Amendment offered by Rep. Matt Shea (Spokane Valley) (R) on April 15, 2009 To recognize the provisions on freedom of speech and freedom of religion granted by the U.S. and state Constitutions. Provides that the Legislature recognizes that there is a difference between a discriminating decision or act, or the lawful expression of one's belief, based on one's view of a person's sexual orientation versus a discriminating decision or act, or the lawful expression of one's belief, based on one's view of what constitutes marriage. Provides that a person, organization, or religious entity is immune from civil and criminal liability for: lawful speech expressing its beliefs about domestic partnerships and civil unions and its beliefs about marriage and lawfully acting consistently with its sincerely held religious beliefs by refusing to participate in, endorse, facilitate, or otherwise assist any marriage, marriage ceremony, reception or other activity, or any domestic partnership, domestic partnership ceremony, reception, or other activity.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 15, 2009
Passed 62 to 35 in the House on April 15, 2009
Signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire on May 15, 2009 Provides that for all purposes under state law, state registered domestic partners shall be treated the same as married spouses and that provisions of the act shall be liberally construed to achieve equal treatment, to the extent not in conflict with federal law.

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