For the purposes of this chapter, the terms spouse, marriage, marital, husband, wife,
widow, widower, next of kin, and family shall be interpreted as applying equally to
state registered domestic partnerships or individuals in state registered domestic
partnerships as well as to marital relationships and married persons, and references
to dissolution of marriage shall apply equally to state registered domestic partnerships
that have been terminated, dissolved, or invalidated, to the extent that such interpretation
does not conflict with federal law. Where necessary to implement chapter 521, Laws of 2009, gender-specific terms such
as husband and wife used in any statute, rule, or other law shall be construed to
be gender neutral, and applicable to individuals in state registered domestic partnerships.
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