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Prop. 8-Style Backlash
Over Washington Domestic Partnerships?

Prop. 8-Style Backlash
Over Washington Domestic Partnerships?

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Opponents of a measure to expand domestic-partnership rights for same-sex couples in Washington have vowed to fight the legislation, which would extend marriage-like benefits to domestic partners in all areas of the law.

Opponents of a measure to expand domestic-partnership rights for same-sex couples in Washington have vowed to fight the legislation, which would extend marriage-like benefits to domestic partners in all areas of the law. The measure passed the state senate on Tuesday night by a vote of 38-10, and is expected to win approval from the house before heading to the governor for a signature.

Foes of the expanded domestic partnerships contend that they will open a door to the eventual approval of same-sex marriage in Washington. They cite the success of Proposition 8 in California as inspiration for their battle, which they say includes a plan to ask voters to reverse the measure, should it succeed.

"We're fighting with a great sense of urgency," Larry Stickney, president of the Washington Values Alliance, told the Seattle Times. "In light of the California supreme court decision, it inspired us that if we didn't fight, it's lost. We feel backed into a corner."

In recent weeks, opponents of the expanded domestic-partnership legislation have flooded lawmakers with phone calls and packed into legislative hearings. They plan a rally for traditional marriage on March 19 at the state capitol in Olympia.

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