Developments in the U.S.: The Struggle Over the Creation of a Status for Same-Sex Partners

19 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2005

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Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Oldham, J. Thomas, Developments in the U.S.: The Struggle Over the Creation of a Status for Same-Sex Partners. International Society of Family Law (ISFL): North American Regional Conference, 2006; University of Houston Law Center No. 2005-A-12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=838905

J. Thomas Oldham (Contact Author)

University of Houston Law Center ( email )

4604 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204-6060
United States

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