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National Briefing / Washington State

Gay couples get expanded rights

November 06, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Washington state voters have approved an "everything but marriage" law, marking a significant expansion of rights for gay couples who are registered as domestic partners.

National gay rights groups say the passage of Referendum 71 marks the first time a state's voters have approved a gay equality measure at the ballot box.

With about 69% of the expected vote counted in unofficial returns, R-71 was leading 52% to 48%.

Full-fledged gay marriage is still not allowed.

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