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Domestic Partnerships

After 11 Years, My Partner Still Has My Number

Sue Kerr | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

Ledcat still has my number, so she is fully aware that I would turn this simple tale of a symbol of love into an activist cry for justice and fairness.

Dear PA: Keep Domestic Partner Benefits Until We Have Statewide Non-Discrimination Protection

Sue Kerr | Posted 08.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

Don't punish us because the Commonwealth hasn't done the work of creating an equal playing ground. Don't force us to get married. That's not why these families went to court and it is not what marriage equality is supposed to create.

She's My Partner, Not My Sidekick

Sue Kerr | Posted 03.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

We notice when you call and ask for "Mr." Insert-either-last-name, and when you mention our husbands. We notice when your forms don't have an option for domestic partners.

What This Activist Wants You To Learn From His Tragic Story

OWN | Posted 10.28.2013 | OWN

Shane Bitney Crone, the subject and producer of the documentary "Bridegroom" premiering Sunday night on OWN, became an accidental activist for LGBT wh...

A Marriage By Any Other Name

Jackie Gardina | Posted 10.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Jackie Gardina

This month a Kentucky judge will decide whether Geneva Case must testify against her spouse Bobbie Jo Clary despite a Kentucky law that exempts spouses from testifying against one another. If they were a legally married opposite-sex couple this would be an easy decision. But they're not. They're two women who obtained a civil union.

What Happens to My Domestic Partnership?

San Francisco magazine | Posted 08.28.2013 | San Francisco
San Francisco magazine

As some of the glow fades from yesterday's Supreme Court rulings, we sort out what happens to domestic partnerships.

Social Inclusion and Marriage Rights: Two Cheers for Marriage Equality

American Anthropological Association | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices
American Anthropological Association

The times call for a more expansive social imagination: some legal recognition of and material support for the true existent variety of ways that people live and love in the 21st century. So why not return to our radical roots and question the centrality of marriage as the model for how to live?

Romance in the Rainforest: Microentrepreneurs Make Time for Love

Suzanne Skees | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

Born and raised in the Loreto region near Iquitos, Dalia met her true love when he stepped off a wobbly boat on the banks of the Amazon River.

Child Abduction and the Same-Sex Marriage Issue

Mark Baer | Posted 07.20.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Let's say that a child is born to a same-sex married couple (or registered domestic partnership or civil union). What do you think happens if that same couple later moved to a jurisdiction that fails to recognize their relationship?

After the Honeymoon Is Over

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 07.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Taking our attention off of our partner will enable us to embody a higher level of vulnerability and encourage them to them to feel less defensive and consequently more inclined to listen to our concerns and needs with a more conciliatory attitude.

What's Law Got To Do With It? A Straight Married Guy's Perspective On Marriage

Ariel Chesler | Posted 06.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Ariel Chesler

For a long time I had no interest in and was opposed to getting married. I believed that we didn't need the state to validate our relationship. I already knew its value and our commitment to each other. And then a funny thing happened: I lost my job and needed health insurance.

Drawing Lines In The Desert Sand

Blake Driver | Posted 06.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Blake Driver

Though devastating to gay rights supporters in New Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez's veto on aid to the domestic partners of military service members might actually be a blessing in disguise.

Michigan Republican National Committeeman Promotes Anti-Gay Article

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics

One Michigan Republican National Committeeman promoted an article’s claim that “part of the homosexual agenda is to get the public to affirm their...

The Associated Press' Refusal To Treat Gay And Straight Marriages Equally

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 04.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Last week the AP decided in an internal memo on style that reporters should not refer to individuals in legal same-sex marriages as "husbands" or "wives" as they'd refer to individuals in legal heterosexual marriages. That's completely misguided.

John Celock

Equality State Kills Equality Bill | John Celock | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

The Republican-controlled Wyoming House of Representatives killed legislation Wednesday night that would have allowed domestic partnerships. In a ...

John Celock

Lawmakers Issue Split Decision On Gay Marriage | John Celock | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics

A Wyoming legislative committee voted Monday to advance a bill to legalize domestic partnership in the state, while killing a bill to permit gay marri...

Lear Corporation Makes Landmark Move For Gay Employees

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 01.17.2013 | Gay Voices

Lear Corporation will begin offering domestic partner benefits on March 1, reports Pride Source. The automotive electrical and seating components ...

Gay Rights Activists Take State Victory

AP | TODD RICHMOND | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. — Gay rights advocates scored a major win Friday when an appeals court ruled Wisconsin's domestic partnership registry was constit...

Four More Years!

David Gorshein | Posted 01.07.2013 | Gay Voices
David Gorshein

It's been a year since we were married on television in the first officiated same-sex wedding on late-night TV.

How Coral Gables Stood Up For LGBT Workers

Posted 10.31.2012 | Miami

A year after a lesbian police officer began a fight with the city of Coral Gables, the commission passed a Domestic Partnership Ordinance giving LGBT ...

How To Get A Domestic Partnership In California... And Make It Romantic!

Sasha Lotrian | Posted 05.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Sasha Lotrian

In the end, what we were told would be a sterile, cold experience became the most romantic time of our lives. Until gay marriage is a reality for all of us, this is all we have. We might as well make it as wonderful as possible.

Washington State Senate OKs Gay Marriage Bill

AP | RACHEL LA CORTE | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, setting the stage for the state t...

Simone Landon

Michigan Legislature Moves To Ban Domestic Partner Benefits | Simone Landon | Posted 12.08.2011 | Detroit

UPDATE 2:55 p.m. -- Michigan's House approved the revised H.B. 4770, but said the Senate amendment exempting public colleges and universities from the...

Hopkins, MN: Partner Registry Offers Security Without Cost of Marriage | Posted 12.21.2011 | Home

“For us to be able to declare ourselves as a couple, that increases our social power and decreases our vulnerability.”...

Independence Day Greetings from a Marriage "Liberationist"

Katherine Franke | Posted 09.03.2011 | Politics
Katherine Franke

Why not be an advocate for extra-marital forms of commitment? Remember, marriage is, after all, a license -- and the state stays involved as a third party in the deal and its rules are non-negotiable.