Domestic-partner bill goes to Gregoire
By Andrew Garber
Seattle Times Olympia bureau
OLYMPIA — A domestic-partnership bill for gay and lesbian couples that cleared the state Legislature on Tuesday was hailed by supporters and criticized by opponents as a first step toward same-sex marriage.
The House passed the measure by a 63-35 vote after a rather tame hourlong debate. Two Democrats opposed the bill and three Republicans supported it. The Senate passed the legislation last month, and passage by the House was expected.
It now goes to the governor, who is expected to sign it.
"From the Palouse to Alki Point, this bill provides real relief," Rep. Joe McDermott, D-Seattle, told lawmakers during the debate. "If you've ever fallen in love, I call on you to support this legislation whether you welcome it or it makes you uncomfortable."
Most Republicans were clearly uncomfortable...