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Encyclopedia > Domestic partnership in Maine
Same-sex civil unions
Recognized nationwide in:
Denmark (1989) | Norway (1993)
Israel1 (1994) | Sweden (1995)
Greenland (1996) | Hungary1 (1996)
Iceland (1996) | France (1999)
Germany (2001) | Portugal (2001)
Finland (2002) | Croatia1 (2003)
Luxembourg (2004) | New Zealand (2005)
United Kingdom (2005) | Andorra (2005)
Czech Republic1 (2006) | Slovenia (2006)
Switzerland (2007) | Uruguay (2007)
Was recognized before legalization of same-sex marriage in:
Netherlands (nationwide) (1998)
Spain (12 of 14 communities) (1998)
South Africa (1999)
Belgium (nationwide) (2000)
Canada (QC, NS and MB)2 (2000)
Recognized in some regions in:
United States (6 states) (1997)
Argentina (Buenos Aires, Rio Negro) (2003)
Australia (Tasmania, ACT) (2004)
Italy (Some municipallies) (2004)
Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul) (2004)
Mexico (Mexico City) (2006)
Recognition debated in:
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Greece
Ireland
Italy
Liechtenstein
Mexico (Coahuila)
Mexico (Colima)
Poland
United States
Notes:
1 - In form of common-law marriage.
2 - Explicitly referred to as "civil unions" in Quebec (2002), and called "domestic partnership" in Nova Scotia (2001). In Manitoba (2002), common-law marriage extended to same-sex partners nationwide (2000).
See also
Same-sex marriage
Registered partnership
Domestic partnership
Common-law marriage
Marriage, unions and partnerships by country
Homosexuality laws of the world

In April 2004, the Maine Legislature passed a bill to establish Domestic Partnerships, providing many important rights akin to marriage for same-sex couples in that state. The law came into effect on July 30, 2004, putting Maine in the category of states (including, as of December 2006, Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey, California, Hawaii, and the District of Columbia) that offer some legal recognition of same-sex relationships, but not marriage. A civil union is a legal partnership agreement between two persons. ... Same-sex marriage is the legal union of two people who are of the same biological sex or gender. ... This politics article needs to be wikified. ... Spain is divided into 17 autonomous communities, 11 of which recognize civil unions. ... Statutory cohabitation: Act of 23 November 1998: Gives limited rights to registered same-sex and opposite-sex couples. ... Same-sex marriage was legalized across Canada by the Civil Marriage Act enacted on July 20, 2005. ... Same-sex marriage, often called gay marriage, is a marriage between two persons of the same gender. ... In Argentina, marriage is allowed between a man and woman. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Same-sex marriage in Australia. ... Beginning July 2004 some Italian regions recognized coppie di fatto (de facto couples), both same-sex and opposite-sex couples, giving them legal benefits. ... The Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul legalised civil unions after a court decision in March 2004. ... In November of 2006, Mexicos capital, Mexico City, legalized civil unions between same-sex couples. ... Coahuila (formal name: Coahuila de Zaragoza) is one of Mexicos 31 component states. ... Colima is a state in western Mexico. ... Common-law marriage (or common law marriage), sometimes called informal marriage or marriage by habit and repute is, historically, a form of interpersonal status in which a man and a woman are legally married. ... Civil unions in Quebec: Pursuant to a range of activism and to the M. v. ... Common-law marriage (or common law marriage), sometimes called informal marriage or marriage by habit and repute is, historically, a form of interpersonal status in which a man and a woman are legally married. ... Same-sex marriage is the legal union of two people who are of the same biological sex or gender. ... Registered partnership is one of several terms for a civil union or civil partnership similar to marriage, typically created for the purposes of allowing same-sex couples access to the legal and social benefits of traditional marriage. ... Domestic partner or domestic partnership identifies the personal relationship between individuals who are living together and sharing a common domestic life together but are not joined in any type of legal partnership, marriage or civil union. ... Common-law marriage (or common law marriage), sometimes called informal marriage or marriage by habit and repute is, historically, a form of interpersonal status in which a man and a woman are legally married. ... World laws on homosexuality US laws on homosexuality Same-sex unions in Europe. ... Domestic partner or domestic partnership identifies the personal relationship between individuals who are living together and sharing a common domestic life together but are not joined in any type of legal partnership, marriage or civil union. ... Overview Civil unions in Vermont are legal unions of same-sex couples in accordance with a law that went into effect in 2000. ... The Connecticut General Assembly passed a bill to adopt civil unions in Connecticut, ensuring that same-sex couples get the same civil rights as heterosexual couples. ... The state of New Jersey has neither allowed nor recognized marriages between couples of the same-sex. ... Example of California domestic partnership certificate. ... Hawaii state recognize Reciprocal Beneficiaries since 1997. ... The District of Columbia has recognised civil unions since 2002. ... Same-sex marriage, often called gay marriage, is a marriage between two persons of the same gender. ...


Same-sex couples who register as domestic partners in Maine are considered each other's closest next of kin; can inherit all or part of the partner's estate if the partner dies without a will; can make funeral and burial arrangements; can be named a guardian or conservator if the partner becomes incapacitated; can be named a representative to administer a deceased partner’s estate; and can authorize organ and tissue donations from the deceased partner. The law also includes protection for same-sex partners under the state's domestic violence statutes. Next of kin is the term used to describe a persons closest living blood relative or relatives. ...


To register as domestic partners in Maine, both parties must be mentally competent adults, must have been legally domiciled together in Maine for the preceding 12 months, must not be within prohibited degrees of consanguinity, and must not be married to, or in a domestic partnership with someone else.


Couples can register by sending a signed and notarized form to the Office of Vital Statistics in Augusta, along with a $35 fee (as of December, 2006). Domestic partnerships in Maine are automatically terminated if one party marries someone else. They can also be terminated after 60 days by filing a declaration of mutual consent, signed by both parties; or by one party, after serving notice on the other party according to strict state guidelines.


British law recognizes Maine Domestic Partnerships as civil partnerships under the laws of the United Kingdom. The Civil Partnership Act 2004 grants legal status to gay and lesbian couples in the United Kingdom. ...


External links

  • Human Rights Campaign web page on Maine Marriage/Relationship Recognition Law

See also



Same-sex marriage, often called gay marriage, is a marriage between two persons of the same gender. ... This article serves to provide the final outcome of legislation only. ... This article summarizes the legal and political actions taken by the individual states of the United States regarding same-sex marriage. ... Advocates of same-sex marriage generally hold that marriage and its benefits should not be denied to same-sex couples, and that such a denial infringes one or more of their rights as American citizens. ... Same sex marriage permitted Laws permitting civil unions or domestic partnerships Same sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships prohibited State Constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage State law banning same sex marriage No state law banning same sex marriage (however, judicial or executive rulings prevent same sex marriage) Same... It has been suggested that Rights and responsibilities of marriages in the United States be merged into this article or section. ... The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, is the commonly-used name of a federal law of the United States that is officially known as Pub. ... The Marriage Protection Act is a bill considered by the U.S. Congress and passed by the House of Representatives in 2004, and reintroduced in the House in 2005, that sought to divest the power of the federal courts to hear cases related to the Marriage Protection Act itself, as... Defense of marriage amendments are U.S. state constitutional amendments that have been proposed, and in some instances adopted, to prevent the legalization of same-sex marriage. ... The Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution which would define marriage in the United States as a union of one man and one woman. ... In the United States, domestic partnership is a legal status similar to marriage that has been available to same-sex couples (and sometimes opposite-sex couples). ... Marriage Under Fire: Why We Must Win This Battle is a book by Dr. James Dobson, published by Multnomah Publishers, Inc. ... The Freedom to Marry coalition is a conglomeration of groups working toward the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States. ... Civil marriage has undergone significant changes in the United States since the countrys inception: 1830 - Right of married woman to own property in her own name (instead of all property being owned exclusively by the husband) in Mississippi. ...

Same-sex marriage in the United States Flag of the United States
Legalized: Massachusetts
Law proposed: Maine - New Jersey - New York - Rhode Island
Domestic partnerships permitted: California - Connecticut - District of Columbia - Hawaii - New Jersey - Maine - Vermont
Prohibited by constitutional amendment: Alabama - Alaska - Arkansas - Colorado - Georgia - Hawaii - Idaho - Kansas - Kentucky - Louisiana - Michigan - Mississippi - Missouri - Montana - Nebraska - Nevada - North Dakota - Ohio - Oklahoma - Oregon - South Carolina - South Dakota - Tennessee - Texas - Utah - Virginia - Wisconsin
Prohibited by statute: Arizona - Connecticut - Delaware - Florida - Illinois - Indiana - Iowa - Maryland - Minnesota - New Hampshire - New York - North Carolina - Pennsylvania - Puerto Rico - Washington - West Virginia - Wyoming
Marriage undefined: New Mexico - Rhode Island

  Results from FactBites:
 
Domestic partnerships in California - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1987 words)
Domestic partnership is a legal status similar to marriage that has been available to same-sex couples (and certain opposite-sex couples) in California since 2000.
In practical effect, of course, the legal rights and duties of California domestic partners are greatly inferior to those of opposite-sex spouses for the simple reason that the vast array of federal rights and responsibilities are still unavailable under federal law to same-sex couples and other unmarried partners.
There are no children of the relationship of the parties born before or after registration of the domestic partnership or adopted by the parties after registration of the domestic partnership, and neither of the domestic partners, to their knowledge, is pregnant.
Domestic partnership - dKosopedia (239 words)
Domestic partnerships are government-recognized unions between couples that do not have as many rights as marriage or civil unions.
In areas that do not recognize same-gender marriage or civil unions, domestic partnerships are often the only form of legal recognition for same-gender couples, though many opposite-gender couples also choose this form of union.
There is no one definition of what a domestic partnership is. Some states' domestic partnership laws (such as California's) are very strong, but other cities and states have domestic partnership laws that offer only symbolic value.
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