Opponents argue that the law discriminates against same-sex couples by allowing only domestic partnerships
can be determined at either the local or state level and can apply to either same-sex couples or opposite-sex couples that choose not to get married.
Yet shortly after Michigan's ban passed, Governor Jennifer Granholm pulled domestic partnership
benefits from contracts being negotiated for state workers.
1, 2000, but community property rights were not added to the domestic partnership
law until passage of AB 205.
Benefits for domestic partnerships
are a variation on the theme of recognizing and respecting the reality of today's relationships for the following reasons:
However, it told committee members the language in the bulletin "effectively declared that a domestic partnership
is a family" and conflicted with the understanding of family in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
If gay couples are denied both legal marriage and domestic partnership
, they will just live together outside of marriage, as many are now, but rightly enjoying even more social recognition.
have become popular in cases where no common law marriage exists and where people cannot be legally married--such as same-sex couples.
If activists kept pressing to expand domestic partnership
rights--ideally making them available not only to couples, but to any voluntary grouping of individuals willing to declare themselves a household they could eventually reverse social injustice for gay couples, for the far-larger population of unmarried straight couples, and even the for experimentalists who find "couple" too timid a category.
To assess potential discrimination, clients may examine antidiscrimination policies, domestic partnership
benefits, and interpersonal climates of work environments through printed materials, Internet resources, and informational interviews.
Through amendments to its Vital Statistics Act, Nova Scotia now allows a kind of almost-marriage known as a "domestic partnership
" to common law opposite and same sex couples.
According to IRS Letter Ruling 9850011, Pat and Chris may even have been required to file a declaration of domestic partnership
with Ezzon to allow Chris to qualify for health care coverage.