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USA, Washington: All Domestic Partnerships to Become Weddings on June 30th

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Washington State Marriage Equality Repeal Effort6,500 couples who entered into domestic partnerships before the marriage equality law was passed in Washington state are about to get a letter from the state. reports:

Washington state plans to convert thousands of domestic partnerships to marriages on June 30, the Seattle Times reports: It’s the final piece of the state’s same-sex marriage law — a provision about which many couples are apparently unaware and one sure to trigger some uncomfortable conversations… Those being plunged into matrimony will no doubt include couples who simply hadn’t given it much thought. Or there will be those who broke up in the years since they registered as domestic partners, some of them now married — illegally — to other people. Some may be former Washington residents now living in other states — some in states where their partnerships aren’t recognized and where dissolution isn’t possible.

That should swell the ranks of married same sex couples a bit. Watch for legal fights for folks who got partnered in Washington state but live elsewhere, are now married there and can’t get divorced elsewhere.

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USA, California: Ninth Circuit Again Upholds Ex Gay Therapy Ban

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

California MapThe full ninth circuit has upheld the legality of a ban on “conversion therapy” for minors that a 3 judge panel previously upheld.

The BAR reports:

California’s ban on gay conversion therapy for minors will remain in place after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday (January 29) denied a rehearing by the full court. A three-judge panel of the court had previously upheld the law, Senate Bill 1172… Three of the Ninth Circuit’s 27 active judges dissented from Wednesday’s ruling, “based on disagreement with the original panel’s reasoning,” according to a news release from Equality California. “The dissenting judges took no position on whether the statute is valid, stating: ‘The regulation at issue may very well constitute a valid exercise of California’s police power[.]”

Will they appeal the decision up to the Supreme Court?

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UK: Couple Sues Government for Delay Converting Civil Partnership to Marriage

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Big BenA UK couple is not happy that they may have to wait an extra year before their civil partnership can become a marriage.

Gay Star News reports:

A British couple is to take legal action over the delay in being able to turn their civil partnership into a marriage. While the first gay couples will be able to marry on 29 March, those already in civil partnerships will have to wait until the end of the year. Paul and Michael Atwal-Brice have said they have waited long enough, giving formal notification to the government they will be taking legal action. They hope a judge will rule the government has failed to implement section nine of the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) act, which allows conversions to take place.

Seriously, it does seem to be taking the UK government long enough to implement the new gay marriage law, let alone the extra time it is taking for converting existing civil partnerships. Does the UK just have an exceptionally hidebound bureaucracy? Or…?

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