WA State Same Sex Couples—You May Soon Be Married Like it or Not

Posted on Mar 14, 2014

If you are currently in a domestic partnership in the State of Washington, you may have an important decision to make in the coming months. If you fail to make a decision then the state may make it for you.

Many Washington Same Sex Domestic Partnerships to Be Converted to Marriages in June

As of June 30, 2014 Washington same sex domestic partners will be converted from domestic partnerships to marriage pursuant to Washington’s same sex marriage law. If you do not want the state to decide whether or not you are married then you have two options. You can get married on your own prior to June 30, 2014 or you can formally dissolve your domestic partnership. Any domestic partnership couple that is in the process of dissolving their union will not have their status converted to married on June 30.

The state is allowing one exception to the new law. Senior couples who are in registered domestic partnerships will not have their status changed and may remain in domestic partnerships after the June 30 deadline. This applies to both same sex and heterosexual senior couples who choose domestic partnership.

The Washington State Secretary of State’s Office is expected to issue notices to all registered domestic partnerships this month to inform them of the change. Currently, there are approximately 6,500 domestic partnerships registered in the state of Washington. Marriage certificates are expected to reflect both the date of domestic partnership union and the date of marriage.

If you are one of the 6,500 couples facing this important change, we wish you the best of luck with whatever you choose.

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