Gay Rights Groups Warn of Domestic Partner Law Expansion

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, December 20, 2004
The new law that goes into effect January first will give registered domestic partners many more of the rights and responsibilities of married couples— among them, they’ll be subject to state community property laws, and responsibility for each other’s debts. The legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Shannon Minter warns the changes may not be good for all partners. Cut: Shan1 (:15) “People who currently are getting any kind of public benefits, provided by the state of California, should think very carefully, because it is quite likely, that if their partner has income, they might lose their eligibility.” The Center, along with Equality California, has produced a publication on the subject. The bill that brought about the new state law has faced legal challenges but has so far been upheld. An emergency request filed to stop the law has not yet been ruled on by the court. SOC