Same-sex Marriages and Domestic Partnerships
Same-Sex Marriage vs Domestic Partnership Law in Washington State
Washington has both a Domestic Partnership law and legal same-sex marriages equality. These are not the same thing, and particularly as it relates to same sex marriage, there are still special legal problems that may arise for same sex spouses/couples that are not issues in traditional marriages.
Because same sex marriage is still not recognized at the national level, certain benefits, federal taxes, and recognition of parental status in states that do not recognize same sex marriage can all pose legal issues for same sex couples.
As the law continues to evolve some of these issues will be addressed. but because substantial rights can be affected based on the recognition (or not) of marital and parental status, caution is advised.
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