Sunday, May 31, 2009
Nevada partnership recognition: GLBT rights moving inland
Overriding a veto by the Governor, the Nevada legislature has passed a domestic partnership bill.
The bill provides that domestic partners have the same rights as married couples in matters such as community property and responsibility for debts. It also prohibits discrimination against domestic partners.
We've already noted that a civil unions bill has a good chance in Illinois. Although it's not marriage, the Nevada legislation is an exciting development. It will immediately help couples trying to gain basic protections and it was passed by a significant majority in the Legislature. It also shows that these discussions are becoming inevitable, not merely at the cultural level, but at the policy level in more and more states.