AP Fact Check: Same-Sex Couples Already Have Visitation Rights


The AP fact checks a claim being made by gay marriage activists in Washington and finds it to be false. Hopefully other news outlets in Washington set the record straight and counteract the misinformation being spread by our opponents:

A second pro-Referendum 74 television ad from Washington United for Marriage implies that same-sex couples’ hospital visitation rights are at risk if voters don’t back the state’s gay marriage law.

The ad started airing Friday in Seattle and Spokane markets on broadcast channels and statewide on cable channels.

... ANALYSIS: Same-sex couples do already have hospital visitation rights under the state’s first domestic partnership law that passed in 2007, granting couples about two dozen rights, including hospital visitation, the ability to authorize autopsies, and organ donations and inheritance rights when there is no will.