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What are domestic partners' rights in Massachusetts?

Bethany Evans

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Dana Keller on May 4, 2018

After the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts on May 17, 2004, the issue of unmarried couples in the state has declined in importance. Under State of the Law: there has Not been a legal definition of domestic partnership under the law of the state of Massachusetts and the ACLU says that it is not known if the California, Nevada and Oregon domestic partnership would be recognized as a legal marriage in Massachusetts. The domestic partnership registered in other locations are not likely to be considered as equivalent to marriage in MA. In virtue of Local Legislation: The cities of Boston and Cambridge still provide limited rights to registered domestic partners. For example, the City of Cambridge ordinance that applies to spouses also apply to domestic partners. It is uncertain whether the Towns of Brookline, Brewster, Nantucket and Provincetown still provide rights to domestic partners.


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