A bill is pending in the Washington state legislature which would extend domestic partnership benefits to both same-sex couples and to unmarried het couples if one of the partners is at least 62. The bill would create a domestic partner registry with the state and would provide enhanced rights, including hospital visitation, the ability to consent to autopsies and authorize organ and tissue donation, and inheritance rights where there is no will.
Opponents of the bill, mostly conservative Christians, of course, believe it is a slippery slope to approval of lesbian and gay marriage.
I like the way this bill creates an alliance between het senior citizens and lesbian and gay people, and in the way it begins to open the discussion of married person/domestic partner benefits to all people, het, lesbian or gay. My own view is that all people, no matter who they love, whether they are single or married, should enjoy the same rights married persons now enjoy. I don’t think married persons should enjoy any privileges or benefits because they are married. An important feminist goal is ending the privileging of heterosexual marriage.