I happen to be of the opinion that we should remove marriage from the secular system entirely — that is, courts would merely deal with civil unions, which would be identical and impart identical rights to any couple, straight or gay — and let the churches handle marriage ceremonies for people who want them. If God doesn’t want same-sex couples to marry, then fine, let the churches bar their doors. But there is _absolutely no reason_ why same-sex couples shouldn’t get all the same legal rights and privileges that heterosexual couples do.

Barring that solution, however, [this is a good step forward][1]:

[1]: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008678229_apwadomesticpartnerships.html?syndication=rss “Seattle Times: ‘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.
> […]
> 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.