partnerships are relationships between two partners that are not married. The
couple can consist of same sex or opposite sex partners. In domestic
partnership, the couple co-habitats without any other legal recognition of
their relationship. In some cases, the couple lives together and has taken part
in a domestic partnership agreement.
legally recognized in many states. In Fact, domestic partnership laws
vary greatly and there is no clear definition for a domestic partnership
agreement or for what is allowed to be included. In fact, the rights and
benefits included in a domestic partnership agreement will vary in each state.
associated with marriage and in other cases they are not. Domestic partnership
agreements are generally considered to be similar to common law marriage and
usually include the rights conferred in a legal marriage.
Domestic partnership laws can vary greatly in each state. In fact, some states
do not legally recognize same sex relationships in any form. In those states,
same sex couples are not entitled to any of the rights normally reserved for
marriages between opposite sex couples.
utilized to protect each individuals contribution to the relationship and to
protect individual and shared, property and assets. The first legal domestic
partnership agreement was proposed in California in the late seventies. Due to
the proposal, domestic partnership was legally defined and put into action in
Berkeley, California. In fact, California was at the forefront of legally
recognizing same sex relationships.
Defense of Marriage Act, which means that the federal government only legally
recognizes opposite sex relationships. Therefore, domestic partners are not
entitled to any federal benefits that are normally associated with marriage.
Federal rights include pensions, tax breaks and issues related to legal
immigration for no resident partners.
responsibilities to partners. For instance, Couples may be able to inherit
property in the absence of a will. In addition, couples are entitled to a
portion of that property and other assets, should they split up.
partnership laws are in place to protect each individuals contributions to a
relationship. In fact, some states allow partners to collect separation
maintenance if they separate. Couples may also be entitled to shared health
benefits in some states.
Domestic partnership laws that allow for legal recognition of certain rights
associated with same sex relationships, are in place in 9 states. Couples that
reside in states without legal recognition of their relationship, are not
entitled to any of the rights and responsibilities associated with marriage.
some cases, domestic partnership laws are in place to forbid a legal
recognition of a same sex relationship. However, many states are starting to
pass laws that offer some recognition of the rights of same sex couples.
There are many LGBT issues and many of those issues pertain
to gay rights. In many cases gay rights are not equal to those afforded to the
straight community. Currently, those that fight for gay rights have a big focus
on the legal right of relationship recognition for same sex couples. There are
many benefits to the legal recognition of same sex relationships including the
acquisition of legal rights that are generally reserved for married couples.
addition there are many social benefits associated with the legal recognition
of same sex relationships. For one, there is the psychological aspect
associated with recognition. Couples that are unable to have their relationship
recognized, many feel that there is something wrong with the relationship. In
fact, the psychological implications can be astounding. Also, legal domestic
partners are able to enjoy many benefits associated with health care and
employment that they would otherwise be unable to enjoy.
LGBT issues include issues that relate to health insurance and health care
decisions. For example, couples that enter into a domestic partnership
agreement are sometimes able to share health benefits and to make medical
decisions regarding a partner’s health care.
In many cases, states that have
legal domestic partnerships, allow employers the opportunity to offer shared
health care to employees and their partner. However, they are often not
required to do so. In addition to shared health benefits, domestic
partners are able to take part in one another’s health care and any decisions
associated with that care. In many cases, partners are the individuals that are
most aware about their partner’s wishes. Without the ability to make decisions
regarding a partners health care, partners are often left without recourse if
their partner’s wishes are not followed.
LGBT issues also include certain areas of employment. In some cases, domestic
partners may be entitled to death benefits when their partner passes away. For
instance, some employers offer death benefits for their employees. In the past,
same sex partners had no legal right to those benefits. However, registered
domestic partners are often able to collect such benefits.
domestic partners are allowed to enjoy a workplace free of any discrimination
that is based on their relationship. For example, employers must not deny paid
bereavement time to same sex couples, if it offered to opposite sex couples.
Gay rights should always equal those of the heterosexual community in the
There are many LGBT issues that many members of society are faced with. Gay
rights are one of the biggest issues. In fact, currently, gay rights are
seriously lacking in this country. By legalizing domestic partnerships and
civil unions, the public affords a large population the opportunity to enjoy
the equal rights they are entitled to.
The benefits associated with the legal
recognition of same sex relationships, far outweigh the alleged detriment to
society. LGBT issues should be considered by everyone, so that all citizens
have the opportunity to enjoy equal rights.
Domestic partnerships are recognized as a relationship in which a romantically involved couple lives together, but is not married or in another legally recognized relationship. Domestic partners can involve same sex or opposite sex couples. Due to many same sex couples having the inability to get married, they often enter into domestic partnerships.