Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Proposed District of Columbia Domestic Partnership Bill Covers Unmarried Heterosexual Couples and Gays

A domestic partnership bill that the District of Columbia Council is expected to pass on final reading January 4 is likely to add fuel to a longstanding debate among social scientists and conservative religious groups that involves heterosexual couples as much as gays, according to advocates on both sides of the issue.  The bill, which provides domestic partnership benefits to gays and unmarried heterosexual couples, is opposed by some groups who claim such measures account for the decline of the number of people marrying.  Councilmember Phil Mendelson, who introduced the Domestic Partnership measure, disagrees. He says that the bill is not a marriage bill and does not provide many of the benefits of marriage. He contends the bill will not compete with the benefits of marriage.  Source: Lou Chibbaro, Jr., Washingtonblade.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited December 27, 2005, reo).

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