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Relationships: Couple Issues: Domestic Partnerships & Policies

The policies out there, the agencies and businesses that have them.



California: Alameda County
Benefits for active and retired county employees

California: Domestic Partners Registry
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.

District 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.

Hawaii: Reciprocal Beneficiary Relationships
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.

Model Agreement
Provided by the ACLU for use by governments.

Oregon: Public Employee's Benefit Board
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 instructions.

Vermont: 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.

Washington: Seattle
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. 

Wisconsin: 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.

National: Map
Lambda Legal provides a detailed map of Government employers offering DP benefits.

Private Sector

Carnegie 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 State University
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)

California: University of California, San Diego
UCSD offers health benefits to same-sex domestic partners of employees.

Connecticut: Wesleyan University
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 dependents

Illinois: 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. 

Illinois: 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.

Indiana: Purdue
As of January 1, 2003, domestic partner benefits were made available.

Michigan: Wayne State University
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

New 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.

Wisconsin: University 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.




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