11 responses

  1. michael
    December 1, 2010

    What’s the difference between having Civil Unions with all rights except the name and Domestic Partnerships will all the rights except the name?

  2. Mario Marin
    December 1, 2010

    Usually domestic partnerships require the couple to live in the same house.

  3. Timothy Kincaid
    December 1, 2010

    Michael, good question. Mostly it’s a matter of how the recognition is formed.

    Domestic Partnerships are based on a registry, similar to a dog license or fishing license. You fill out the form and send it in.

    Civil Unions generally require some form of solemnization, similar to a marriage. Some official (be it a minister, judge, or county clerk) verifies that they have heard your vows and willing entry into the union.

  4. L. Junius Brutus
    December 2, 2010

    How demeaning. I’m glad Illinois passed civil unions instead.

  5. customartist
    December 2, 2010

    While this is SOME recognition, it is moot.

    We are STILL not recognized by the Federal Government,…

    Therefore we must file taxes seperately, we cannot transfer assets from one to another without taxation, we cannot inherit our spouses portion of the estate without taxation, we cannot collect on our spouses Social Security Benefits at all, etc, etc.

    This is Financial Opression, and by our Federal Government, which is supposed to be upholding the Consitiution, giving “Equal Protection”, as the Highest Law. Currently it is not doing so.

    Federal Recognition is THE Most Imoortant Hurdle.

  6. Dan
    December 2, 2010

    I think you should color New York and Maryland too, and maybe Rhode Island — at least light gray. People can get married in a nearby state and have their relationships recognized back home. Reporters often leave those states out, and I find that a bit misleading.

  7. Dan
    December 2, 2010

    So far, there hasn’t been a decisive ruling on the status of several marriages solemnized in New Mexico.

  8. Dan
    December 2, 2010

    One more thing – a few courts in Texas have ruled that state’s marriage ban unconstitutional. That issue will be making its way through the courts for some time.

  9. Dan
    December 2, 2010

    While you’re at it, you could color Canada and tint Mexico gray.

  10. Greg
    December 2, 2010

    Technically, Colorado has “Designated Beneficiaries”. There aren’t any benefits until one of the two individuals is incapacitated or dead. Hooray for us!

  11. Eric in Oakland
    December 5, 2010


    I hate to contradict you, but your explanation of the difference between a Domestic Partnership and a Civil Union is simply wrong. The two terms are simply different phrases for the same thing. For some reason the term, Civil Union is the accepted term on the East Coast and Domestic Partnership is the preferred term on the West Coast. However, there is far more difference from state to state using the same term than there is between states using different terms. For instance, California and Washington both have Domestic Partnerships but the ones in California confer most of the rights of marriage on a state level, while the ones in Washington are much less inclusive.

    Furthermore, when my partner and I registered in California we were required to do more than just mail in a form. We had to sign an application before a witness who could notarize it. The application was then submitted to the office of the Secretary of State. A dog license or fishing license does not require nearly that much hassle.

    Also, at least in California, Domestic Partners are required to live together. Marriages do not require that. I am not sure about Civil Unions…

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