Los Angeles County city registers 10,000th domestic partnership

05 Nov Los Angeles County city registers 10,000th domestic partnership

With the changing times, many people have chosen to spend their lives with their soul mates as domestic partners instead of marriage. In many ways, it is similar to marriage, as it requires registration with the local government body and establishes responsibilities for partners that are similar to a married couple. Today, many jurisdictions in the country have laws that recognize domestic partnerships.

Recently two residents of West Hollywood in Los Angeles County, California, celebrated their union as the 10,000th couple to register as domestic partners in the city. The event received significant media attention, with preeminent citizens offering their best wishes to the couple. The mayor of the city and a city council member, who is also in a registered domestic partnership, congratulated the couple on their union.

The city of West Hollywood in was the first city in the United States to pass an ordinance that recognized domestic partners. This landmark in the area of family law occurred in the year 1985. Since then, the city lobbied to change a state law so that the California Public Employees’ Retirement System included domestic partners as beneficiaries.

In 1996, the West Hollywood recognized domestic partnerships registered in other jurisdictions, which gave domestic partners from other places the same set of rights that a couple registered as domestic partners in West Hollywood would have.

As of today, couples do not need to be residents of the city to register as domestic partners. Domestic partners have certain rights and responsibilities, such as visitation rights in penitentiaries and medical facilities. Additionally, they are entitled to benefits under the city’s Rent Stabilization ordinance.

In addition to registering domestic partnerships, West Hollywood’s support for same-sex unions led to the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in June, 2008, along with the Los Angeles County Register-Recorder Clerk. But the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses stopped in November, 2008, due to a lawsuit. However, in July, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the lawsuit and West Hollywood resumed the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses.

Source: Westside Today, “West Hollywood City Clerk files 10,000th couple as registered domestic partners,” Oct. 23, 2014

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