Proposed Rules for Public Comment
The Washington State Department of Health has filed proposed rule changes to WAC 246-491-149 to gender-neutralize terms for spouses on the marriage and divorce certificates, and to clarify names and add sex as an item on the marriage certificate.
Chapter 3, Laws of 2012 (ESSB 6239) was signed into law allowing same-sex couples to marry in Washington. The Department of Health is proposing a rule change so revised marriage and divorce certificate forms can be ready for use if Referendum 74 is approved and the law goes into effect on December 6, 2012. Same-sex couples who marry may expect their marriage and divorce certificates to use gender-neutral language. The public may also have an interest in knowing how many same-sex marriage occur.
The department collects records of all marriage and divorces that occur in Washington and issue copies of certificates.
The public rules hearing will be held on November 28, 2012 at 8:00 a.m.
Department of Health
Point Plaza East Room 152/153
310 Israel Road SE
Tumwater WA 98501
Written comments will be accepted until 5:00pm on November 28, 2012. Please submit comments to:
Washington State Department of Health
P.O. Box 47814
Olympia WA 98504-7852
By Email: http://www3.doh.wa.gov/policyreview/