On March 4, 2008, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) signed legislation setting up a state registry for living wills and advanced medical directives. When the registry goes into effect on July 1, 2008, Virginia residents, including those in same-sex relationships, will be able to designate the person who is authorized to make medical decisions on their behalf if they are incapacitated. (Source: Va. governor signs medical rights bill: Law will go into effect July 1, The Washington Blade, March 13, 2008.)
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