Critique: Thoroughly accessible for non-specialist general readers and a handy reference for anyone seeking an understanding of the legal rights and responsibilities associated with same-sex marriages and other forms of permanent relationships, "Making It Legal: A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnerships
& Civil Unions" offers a complete course of instruction in a single volume, making it an ideal and very highly recommended addition to community and academic library collections.
If the bill makes it way into law, same-sex couples who have already married will stay married, but new couples would have to enter into domestic partnerships
"A court is likely to conclude that the domestic partnership
legal status about which you inquire is 'similar to marriage' and therefore barred" by the state Constitution, he wrote.
While New York's Marriage Equality Act (MEA) will recognize and bestow all of the rights of marriage in New York to a same-sex couple that was legally married by any foreign or state government where such marriages are performed, civil unions and domestic partnerships
are not covered under the law.
Dillon's, AT&T, Cargill, Payless Shoes, and Bank of America are just a few major Topeka employers that provide domestic partnership
benefits to their employees.
Douglas County then undermined its own claim that Slater's processing of domestic partnerships
was crucial to clerk's office operations, Pocock said, by not filling her position after firing her.
As with a marriage, every domestic partnership
or other non-marital relationship will sooner or later end with either separation or death.
Regardless of the political support, domestic partnerships
would have been dead in the water without the participation of the health care organizations.
Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Vermont offer civil unions; 10 states plus the District of Columbia offer domestic partnerships
with benefits that range from limited to nearly identical to marriage.
Hence, the concept of "domestic partnership
" was born.
Staver later told the Los Angeles Times that he was prepared to challenge domestic partnerships
in California even before the same-sex marriage flap but deferred when the ADF asked him to.
The issue of living arrangements and marriage--from civil unions to domestic partnerships
to common law marriage--promises to grab headlines in the months ahead.