The Senate is taking up the domestic partner parentage bill — that previously included paid surrogacy, which was removed in the House.
“I don’t think it’s necessary and I’m opposed to it. I like the idea of having a mother and a father in our culture and in our society,” said Sen. Don Benton. He said he’s against the bill.
“Regardless of what your feelings are about domestic partnership … it’s clear that the laws of the state of Washington are not adequate to address modern times,” said Sen. Craig Pridemore. He said right now, those who desperately want surrogates will drive out of state. “In the meantime, this bill is progress on an important issue.”
Sen. Cheryl Pflug said she supports the bill, which “is an update to our statutes regarding parentage… it does not change the meaning of mother and father,” she said. Instead, it inserts the word “parent” in a number of places in the law.
The compromise bill passed 27 to 21.