In Washington State, those who are registered as domestic partners will automatically have their partnerships converted into marriages on June 30, 2014.
About 6,200 couples in Washington State will face this automatic change, which was one of the stipulations of the same-sex marriage law that Washington State voters approved in 2012.
The only registered domestic partnerships which will not be affected are the ones where at least one partner is 62 years old. And the state will continue to let couples with at least one partner over 61 years of age – whether they are gay or straight – form domestic partnerships.
For more information on this issue, read the article from The March 14th issue of The Seattle Times.
If you don’t want your relationship turned into a marriage, the only option is to dissolve the partnership before June 30th.