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Legals & Logistics for Your Ceremony in the West ongratulations, Hawaii! Finally, the state that took up the conversation about same-sex marriage rights well before Vermont even passed civil union legislation has enacted a new law to acknowledge the relationships of its gay & lesbian citizens. On signing the bill on February 23, 2011, Governor Neil Abercrombie happily called the measure “a triumph for everyone.” Civil unions will be available beginning January 1, 2012, making Hawaii the seventh state to provide such recognition for same-sex couples.

At this time in our nation’s history, the laws and guidelines with regard to gay and lesbian commitments vary so greatly and continue to be in flux as the legal arguments are decided. Therefore it remains very important for couples to take serious time to update their own legal documents (wills, powers of attorney, etc) on a routine basis –every five years or so. Depending on your state, the city or county clerk’s office should be able to direct you to further information about documenting your civil union or registering as domestic partners, as well as other pertinent information.

The legal saga of Proposition 8 in California continues, with the state upholding 18,000 same-sex marriages that took place in the summer of 2008, while couples since that time remain unable to wed. It is estimated that the California Supreme Court will not hear the pending case until this August or September, which means that there will be no ultimate ruling until 2012.

Western States currently offering recognition to same-sex couples: Hawaii California Nevada Oregon Washington Colorado

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Civil Unions Domestic Partnerships, Prop 8 pending Domestic Partnerships Domestic Partnerships Domestic Partnerships Designated Beneficiaries

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