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Originally published Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 5:55 PM

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"Everything but marriage" bill for gay couples

State lawmakers are getting ready to introduce a bill allowing same-sex couples all the rights and benefits afforded to heterosexual married couples.

Associated Press Writer

OLYMPIA, Wash. —

State lawmakers are getting ready to introduce a bill allowing same-sex couples all the rights and benefits afforded to heterosexual married couples.

The measure would further expand the state's domestic partnership law. It's being introduced Wednesday.

Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, who sponsored the original domestic partnership measure in 2007, is sponsoring the expansion bill in the Senate this year. Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, is sponsoring it in the House.

The measure makes changes to all remaining areas of state law where currently only married couples are addressed.

The bill would add same-sex domestic partners to state statutes ranging from labor and employment to criminal law, to pensions and other public employee benefits.

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