Developments in the U.S.: The Struggle Over the Creation of a Status for Same-Sex Partners
19 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2005
The debate in the United States about committed same-sex relationships is a contentious one. Until a few years ago, although a few states permitted a same-sex couple to opt into a status with few attributes, none had created a status anything like marriage for such couples. However recent events such as the Vermont and Massachustetts Supreme Court holdings, and the flurry of Defense of Marriage statutes are developments in U.S. family law that present novel issues. This paper outlines the rules applicable to marriage, civil unions or domestic partnerships in Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, and California. In addition, it will discuss whether other states will recognize such a status entered into elsewhere.
Keywords: homosexuals, civil rights, gay marriage, Civil union, domestic partnership, conflicts of law, full faith and credit, marriage recognition
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