Caring, Commitment and Support

20 Years of Domestic Partnership Registration in Seattle

From 1973 to 1994, the Seattle City Council took incremental steps in broadening the coverage and definition of human rights. The definition of marital status and sexual orientation was broadened and the definition of family changed so that domestic partners of employees could receive benefits. These steps culminated in passage of an ordinance in August 1994 authorizing domestic partner registration for both same sex and opposite sex couples, enabling couples to create an official record of their relationship.

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