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Bill giving gays and lesbians domestic partnerships wins final approval from lawmakers in US state Oregon

Bill giving gays and lesbians domestic partnerships wins final approval from lawmakers in US state Oregon

A bill giving gay and lesbian couples the benefits of marriage through domestic partnerships won final legislative approval in Oregon Wednesday.
The Senate endorsed the measure 21-9, sending it to Gov. Ted Kulongoski, a gay-rights supporter. Kulongoski says he will sign that bill along with another one passed earlier to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.
The domestic partnership bill would enable same-sex couples to enter into contractual relationships that grant them the same benefits that state law offers to married couples.
The measure won unanimous endorsement from the Senate's majority Democrats, with two Republicans joining them.
When Kulongoski signs the measure, Oregon will join Vermont, Connecticut, California, New Jersey, Maine and Washington state in offering civil unions or domestic partnerships to same-sex couples.
Massachusetts allows gay couples to marry. The New Hampshire Legislature last week approved a civil unions measure that is expected to be signed into law soon, and Hawaii extends certain spousal rights to same-sex couples, along with cohabiting heterosexual pairs.
Oregon's domestic partnerships measure covers benefits relating to inheritance rights, child-rearing and custody, joint tax filings, joint health, auto and homeowners insurance policies, visitation rights at hospitals and others. It does not affect federal benefits for married couples including Social Security and joint filing of federal tax returns.


Updated : 2021-03-03 11:14 GMT+08:00