Monday, August 24, 2009

78 Couples Pre-file for Nevada Domestic Partnerships

(Also at Stonewall)

Good news on the SB 283 front today!

On the first day of pre-filing, 78 same-sex or heterosexual couples registered as domestic partners with the secretary of state’s office.

The law doesn’t become effective until Oct. 1 but Secretary of State Ross Miller opened the filing early.

Pam duPre, communications officer for Miller, said two couples were at the Las Vegas office at 8 a.m. to register. Earlier in the afternoon before numbers were final, 66 couples had signed up in Las Vegas and six had registered in Carson City, she said.

Names of the couples will not be released until the law goes into effect, she said.

The 2009 Legislature approved the law over the veto of Gov. Jim Gibbons. It extends rights similar to those held by married couples, including community property and debt and the right to seek financial support after a breakup.

A couple pays $50 to register.

Thank goodness for Ross Miller! At least we have some good people in state government who know how to make it work.

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