Hawaii state recognize Reciprocal Beneficiaries since 1997. It included same-sex partners, who cannot get married. Thay have access to a range of rights and benefits on the state level – inheritance rights, workers’ compensation, the rights to sue for wrongful death, health and pension benefits for state employees, hospital visitation, health-care decision making.
Domesticpartnership is a legal status similar to marriage that has been available to same-sex couples (and certain opposite-sex couples) in California since 2000.
California domesticpartnership was the first registry for same-sex couples in the United States to be created by a legislature not mandated to do so by a court.
There are no children of the relationship of the parties born before or after registration of the domesticpartnership or adopted by the parties after registration of the domesticpartnership, and neither of the domestic partners, to their knowledge, is pregnant.
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