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On June 30 all domestic partnership in Washington will become marriages. (Source: KIRO/CBS) On June 30 all domestic partnership in Washington will become marriages. (Source: KIRO/CBS)
Domestic partners Mike Hendrix and Mike Pollack attend a wedding showcase to work on their upcoming wedding. (Source: KIRO/CBS) Domestic partners Mike Hendrix and Mike Pollack attend a wedding showcase to work on their upcoming wedding. (Source: KIRO/CBS)

(KIRO/CBS) – Mike Hendrix and Mike Pollack went to the One Love Wedding Showcase to work on their July 20 wedding.

"We're really looking forward to the big day now," Pollack said.

But there's another milestone in their future – June 30. According to Washington's same-sex marriage law that passed in 2012, that's when their registered domestic partnership becomes a marriage. They say it's no big deal.

"Really it didn't matter so much to us," Hendrix said.

"Stop having two separate legal institutions, we have this less-than domestic partnership institution and marriage." Pollack said.

Washington authorized domestic partnerships in 2007, giving marriage-like benefits to gay and lesbian couples.

"Definitely a lot of couples did not know about it, or remembered it from a couple years ago being a part of the law passing but then forgot about it," Harding said

Jenny Harding is the wedding planner behind the showcase. She and her partner Lindsay Larson are getting married this year, but Larson believes it should be a choice, not a default.

"My personal opinion is I don't think there should be a date," Larson said. "I think you should have to do that by choosing to make it legal yourself versus having a domestic partnership just roll into a marriage,"

After June 30, the only domestic partnerships that will be allowed will be the ones where one or both of the partners are at least 62 years old. That's because marriage could affect their social security or pensions.

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