Cities and counties in the United States offering a domestic partnership registry


Cities and counties in the United States offering a domestic partnership registry
Legal recognition of
same-sex relationships
Marriage

Argentina
Belgium
Canada
Iceland
Netherlands

Norway
Portugal
South Africa
Spain
Sweden

Performed in some jurisdictions

Mexico: Mexico City
United States: CT, DC, IA, MA, NH, NY, VT, Coquille, Suquamish

Recognized, not performed

Aruba (Netherlands only)
Curaçao (Netherlands only)
Israel
Mexico: all states (Mexico City only)
Sint Maarten (Netherlands only)
United States: CA (conditional), MD

Civil unions and
registered partnerships

Andorra
Austria
Brazil
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
Finland
France
- New Caledonia
- Wallis and Futuna
Germany

Greenland
Hungary
Ireland
Isle of Man
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
New Zealand
Slovenia
Switzerland
United Kingdom
Uruguay

Performed in some jurisdictions

Australia: ACT, NSW, TAS, VIC
Mexico: COA
United States: CA, CO, DE, HI, IL, ME, NJ, NV, OR, RI, WA, WI

Unregistered cohabitation

Australia
Croatia

Israel

Recognized in some jurisdictions

United States: MD

See also

Same-sex marriage
Same-sex marriage legislation
Timeline of same-sex marriage
Recognition of same-sex unions in Europe
Marriage privatization
Civil union
Domestic partnership
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These are the cities and counties of United States which offer a domestic partnership, classified by census region [1] :

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U.S. County Map

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Counties in the U.S. which contain cities that recognize same-sex unions and/or which recognize them county-wide. (Please note that counties that are located in states that recognize and perform same-sex unions at the state level have been omitted; e.g. Vermont)

West Region

Pacific Division

Hawaii

The state provides a civil union. (effective from 1.1.2012)

No county nor city so far known to provide such a registry.

Alaska

No county nor city so far known to provide such a registry

Washington State

The state provides a domestic partnership.

  • City of Lacey: Residents of the city. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • City of Olympia: No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples. Notarized applications are accepted by mail when accompanied by appropriate payment.
  • City of Seattle: No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples. Notarized applications are accepted by mail when accompanied by appropriate payment.
  • City of Tumwater: Residents of the city. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.

Oregon

The state provides a domestic partnership.

  • City of Ashland: No residency requirement. Limited to same-sex couples.
  • City of Eugene: No residency requirement. Both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.
  • Multnomah County: No residency requirement. Both partners must be present. Both opposite-sex and same-sex couples. (Source)

California

The state provides a domestic partnership.

  • City of Berkeley: No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • City of Beverly Hills: No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • City of Cathedral City: Residents of the city. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • City of Davis: Residents of the city. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • City of Laguna Beach: No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • City of Long Beach: No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples. Benefits include visitation rights in hospitals and correctional facilities equal to those given to a spouse.
  • Los Angeles County : Residents of the county or at least one partner employed by the county. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • Marin County: Residents of the county or at least one partner employed in the county. Limited to same-sex couples.
  • City of Oakland: Residents of the city or at least one partner employed by the city. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • City of Palm Springs: Residents of the city. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • City of Palo Alto: No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • City of Petaluma: Residents of the city or at least one partner employed in the city. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • City of Sacramento: Residents of the city. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • City of San Francisco: Residents of the city or at least one partner employed by the city or county government. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • Santa Barbara County : Residents of the county or at least one partner employed in the county. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • City of Santa Barbara: No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • City of Santa Monica: No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • City of West Hollywood: No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples. Notarized applications are accepted by mail when accompanied by appropriate payment.

Mountain Division

Idaho

No county nor city so far known to provide such a registry

Montana

No county nor city so far known to provide such a registry

Wyoming

No county nor city so far known to provide such a registry

Nevada

The state provides a domestic partnership.

No county nor city so far known to provide such a registry

Utah

  • Salt Lake City : The Mutual Commitment Registry is open to city residents.

Colorado

The state provides a Designated Beneficiary Agreement registration that provides limited rights.

  • City of Boulder: No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • City of Denver: No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.

Arizona

New Mexico

No county nor city so far known to provide such a registry

Midwest Region

West North Central Division

North Dakota

No county nor city so far known to provide such a registry

South Dakota

No county nor city so far known to provide such a registry

Minnesota

Nebraska

No county nor city so far known to provide such a registry

Iowa

The state provides same-sex marriage.

Kansas

  • City of Lawrence: Both individuals must be residents of the City of Lawrence, Kansas. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.[2]

Missouri

East North Central Division

Wisconsin

The state provides a domestic partnership with limited rights (similar to Maine).

  • Dane County (Madison) : Residents of the county. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • City of Madison: Residents of the city. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • City of Milwaukee: Residents in Milwaukee County. Limited to same-sex couples. (Source)

Michigan

  • City of Ann Arbor: No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples. Notarized applications are accepted by mail when accompanied by appropriate payment.

Illinois

The state provides a civil union.

Indiana

No county nor city so far known to provide such a registry

Ohio

North-East Region

New England Division

Vermont

The state provides same-sex marriage.

No county nor city so far known to provide such a registry

New Hampshire

The state provides same-sex marriage.

No county nor city so far known to provide such a registry

Maine

The state provides a domestic partnership with limited rights (similar to Wisconsin). John Baldacci signed a bill into law on May 6, 2009 allowing same-sex marriage, but the law was delayed from becoming effective until enough signatures were gathered for a citizens vote. The result was the recently enacted law did get repealed by 53 percent of citizens by the infamous "people's veto" on November 3, 2009 [1].

  • City of Portland: Residents of the city. Benefits include the visitation rights at city health facilities equal to those given to a spouse. Same-sex couples only.

Massachusetts

The state provides same-sex marriage.

  • City of Boston: No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • Town of Brewster: No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • Town of Brookline: No residency requirement. Limited to same-sex couples.
  • City of Cambridge (Harvard University): No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples. Benefits include visitation rights in hospitals and correctional facilities equal to those given to a spouse. A domestic partner, who is also the parent or legal guardian of a child, may file a form at or send a letter to the child's school to indicate that the parent's domestic partner shall have access to the child's records.
  • Town of Nantucket: No residency requirement. Open to opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • Town of Provincetown: No residency requirement for registrants. Both opposite- and same-sex couples. Benefits include visitation rights in hospitals and correctional facilities equal to those given to a spouse. A domestic partner, who is also the parent or legal guardian of a child, may file a form at or send a letter to the child's school to indicate that the parent's domestic partner shall have access to the child's records.

Connecticut

The state provides same-sex marriage.

  • City of Hartford: No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.

Rhode Island

The state provides a civil union.

No county nor city so far known to provide such a registry

Middle Atlantic Division

New York State

The state provides same-sex marriage.

  • City of Albany : No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • Town of East Hampton: Both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.
  • City of Ithaca: No residency requirement. Both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.
  • Town of Ithaca: Residents of the town or at least one partner employed by the town. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • City of New York: Residents of the city or at least one partner employed by the city. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • City of Rochester: No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • County of Rockland (New City): Residents of the county or at least one partner employed by the county government. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • Town of Southampton: Residents of the town. Both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.
  • Suffolk County (Riverhead): Residents of the county or at least one partner employed by the county. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • Westchester County (White Plains): No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.

Pennsylvania

  • City of Philadelphia: Residents of the city or at least one partner employed by the city. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • City of Pittsburgh: No residency requirement. Limited to same-sex couples.
  • City of Harrisburg: Must be a resident of Harrisburg City. Both opposite- and same-sex couples may register as "Life Partners" with the City of Harrisburg's Life Partnership Registry. This grants equal visitation rights with any Hospital within Harrisburg's City Limits.
  • Borough of State College: Both opposite- and same-sex couples.

New Jersey

The state provides a civil union.

No county nor city so far known to provide such a registry

South Region

West South Central Division

Oklahoma

No county nor city so far known to provide such a registry

Texas

  • El Paso: Residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • Travis County (Austin) : No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.

Arkansas

Louisiana

  • City of New Orleans: Residents of the city or at least one partner employed in the city. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.

East South Central Division

Kentucky

No county nor city so far known to provide such a registry

Tennessee

No county nor city so far known to provide such a registry

Mississippi

No county nor city so far known to provide such a registry

Alabama

No county nor city so far known to provide such a registry

South Atlantic Division

Delaware

The state provides a civil union. (effective from 1.1.2012)

No county nor city so far known to provide such a registry

Maryland

The state provides an unregistered domestic partnership with limited rights.

No county nor city so far known to provide such a registry

Washington, DC

The district provides both domestic partnerships and same-sex marriage.

West Virginia

No county nor city so far known to provide such a registry

Virginia

No county nor city so far known to provide such a registry

North Carolina

  • Town of Carrboro: Residents of the town or at least one partner employed by the town. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • Town of Chapel Hill: No residency requirement. Both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.

South Carolina

No county nor city so far known to provide such a registry

Georgia

Florida

  • Broward County (Fort Lauderdale): Residents of the county or at least one partner employed by the county. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • City of Gainesville: No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • City of Key West: No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • City of Miami: Residents of the city or at least one partner employed by the city. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • City of Miami Beach: No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • Miami-Dade County: Residents of the county or at least one partner employed by the county. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • Palm Beach County: Residents of the county or at least one partner employed by the county. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • South Miami: Residents of the city or at least one partner employed by the city. Both opposite- and same-sex couples [2] [3].
  • City of West Palm Beach: No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.

References

  1. ^ . Human Right Campaign & varia. http://www.hrc.org/issues/marriage/domestic_partners/9133.htm. 
  2. ^ Domestic Partnership Registry | City of Lawrence, KS | FAQ
  3. ^ Mary Shapiro (Friday, July 29, 2011 6:00 am). "Olivette approves domestic partner registry". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. http://www.stltoday.com/suburban-journals/metro/news/article_0d7c0798-3fa9-55fd-aabd-95f737865c5e.html. 

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