Legals & Logistics for Your Ceremony in the West Proposition 8 in California, Despite the legacy of the Western United
States generally continues to be one of progressive ideals and a vision of broader rights. After all, San Francisco brightly continues to shine on the coastline, a beacon for the LGBT community in looking up and looking westward. Harvey Milk called us to awaken here. Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon celebrated their commitment here, twice. There is a pulse of vitality for our minority here; like a heartbeat perhaps in echo to that which began in Greenwich Village back in 1969. In early 2010, a civil union bill passed the Hawaii state legislature; the governor has until July 6th to allow it to pass into law or veto the measure. Washington State offers very comprehensive domestic partnership benefits, thanks to the courage of many pro-
equality groups and individual citizens such as Charlene Strong. Oregon, Nevada and California also provide domestic partnership status to same-sex partners. Each state has its own set of laws and guidelines with regard to gay and lesbian commitments; itâ€™s important for couples to take the time to review their legal rights and responsibilities prior to their own ceremony. Couples are further encouraged to update their legal documents (wills, powers of attorney, etc) on a routine basis -every five years or so- as the laws do continue to change. Depending on your state, the city or county clerkâ€™s office should be able to assist regarding the process of registering as domestic partners as well as in providing other pertinent information.
Western States currently offering recognition to same-sex couples: California Nevada Oregon Washington State Hawaii Colorado
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Domestic Partnerships Domestic Partnerships Domestic Partnerships Domestic Partnerships Reciprocal Beneficiaries (civil unions pending) Designated Beneficiaries
To find screened, gay-friendly wedding professionals in your area, visit the Orange Pages in this issue, or our extended Directory online at RainbowWeddingNetwork.com. Orange pages for this section begin on p. 14
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