While advocates of same-sex marriage found disappointment in Maine, Washington State’s voters have apparently approved Prop. 71, that state’s so-called “everything but marriage” law. The “everything but marriage” law would grant domestic partners all of the same state benefits available to married couples, including among other benefits inheritance rights, the spousal privilege in court, and hospital visitation privileges. Washington’s law is similar to the law presently in effect in California.
At the time of this writing, MSNBC has called the contest in favor of the proponents of “everything but marriage” law. However, as of 8:05 p.m., Washington’s Herald Net had not yet called the election due to the fact the opposition leader, Gary Randall of the Faith and Freedom Network, was still not conceding the issue. More to be reported on this as the issue develops.