Relationships: Couple Issues: Domestic Partnerships & Policies
The policies out there, the agencies and businesses that have them.
Benefits for active and retired county employees
California: Domestic Partners
If you are in a committed lesbian or gay relationship in California, you can
protect yourself and your partner by registering as Domestic Partners. If you
are in a committed opposite-sex relationship where one partner is 62 years or
older, you have the opportunity to register as Domestic Partners.
of Columbia: Vital Records Division Domestic Partnership
All the forms and phone numbers you need for registration in the District.
Florida: Broward County
The Broward County Board of County Commissioners recognizes that there are
many individuals who establish and maintain a significant personal, emotional,
and economic relationship with another individual, often living in a committed
family relationship, outside the bounds of traditional marriage. Broward County
recognizes the diversity of family configurations and has created a system for
such relationships to be registered and recognized.
A reciprocal beneficiary relationship is a legal partnership between two
people who are prohibited from marriage (HRS §572C-2). Certain rights and
benefits which are presently available only to married couples are extended to
the two individuals who enter into a reciprocal beneficiary relationship. Those
persons entering into a reciprocal beneficiary relationship must register their
relationship as reciprocal beneficiaries with the Department of Health.
Provided by the ACLU for use by governments.
Oregon: Public Employee's
Oregon State employees who participate in a PEBB medical and/or dental plan
are eligible to enroll their domestic partner. Domestic partners are also
eligible to enroll in life insurance. Obtain a Domestic Partner Information
Packet by printing the options below or by calling PEBB at (503) 373-1102 or
(800) 788-0520 (outside Salem).
New York: New York
Two persons may register as domestic partners. Basic information and
Guide to Civil Unions
Parties to a civil union shall have all the same benefits, protections and
responsibilities under Vermont law, whether they derive from statute, policy,
administrative or court rule, common law or any other source of civil law, as
are granted to spouses in a marriage.
The City of Seattle's Domestic Partnership Registration program is a means by
which unmarried couples in committed, on-going family relationships, may
document their relationships.
Minneapolis: Domestic Partner Registration
Domestic Partnership is defined by the Code of Ordinances Chapter 142. The
registration provides visitation privileges in health care facilities. Some
employers provide benefits to registered partners. Includes applications
and termination paperwork.
Lambda Legal provides a detailed map of Government employers offering DP
Mellon's Family Leave Policy
The policy does not requite a legally recognized relationship to the child
or dependent for whose care the leave is needed.
Wisconsin: Action Wisconsin
This group has collected an amazing set of resources detailing the status of
DP in Wisconsin the the businesses offering coverage and benefits.
Schools & Universities
California: San Diego
Same-sex domestic partnerships, between persons who are
both at least 18 years of age, and opposite sex domestic partnerships, when one
or both persons are age 62 and over, are eligible to register a domestic
partnership with the Secretary of State and receive health, dental and vision
benefits from the California State University (CSU)
University of California, San Diego
UCSD offers health benefits to same-sex domestic partners of employees.
If an administrative staff member and his or her domestic partner sign an
“Affidavit of Domestic Partnership”, the domestic partner is eligible to
participate in Wesleyan health, dental and life insurance plans, use campus
facilities, take Wesleyan courses, and apply for tuition assistance for
The University of Chicago
Benefits will be extended to a student’s domestic partner and
partner’s dependents for the Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan,
housing, athletic facilities, and libraries.
University of Illinois
Benefits eligible employees in same-sex domestic partnerships may be
eligible to receive a reimbursement for part of their partner's health insurance
premium expenses. The University will reimburse eligible employees for a portion
of the cost of purchasing health and dental coverage for their dependent
partners and their domestic partner's dependent children.
As of January 1, 2003, domestic partner benefits were made available.
Michigan: Wayne State
In an effort to equalize employment benefits between married
couples and couples who are barred from marriage, effective September 1, 1995,
Wayne State University has adopted a policy extending certain benefits to
same-sex domestic partners
York: Hamilton College
The College will recognize same or opposite sex domestic partners as spousal
equivalents for purposes of benefit administration, to the extent permitted by
law. In addition, any children of qualified domestic partners will be eligible
for benefits on the same basis as children of married spouses.
of Wisconsin at Madison
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is committed to diversification of the
student body, faculty and staff and to serving the needs of those groups. Given
this commitment, it is critical that all members of the student body, faculty,
and staff be accorded equal treatment. In that light, domestic partners of
students, faculty, and staff are entitled to access all services (as allowed by
State law and the University of Wisconsin) extended to spouses.