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Equality for Same-Sex CouplesThe Legal Recognition of Gay Partnerships in Europe and the United States$
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Yuval Merin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780226520315

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226520339.001.0001

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Domestic Partnership, Registered Partnership, and Marriage

Domestic Partnership, Registered Partnership, and Marriage

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(p.263) Chapter 9 Domestic Partnership, Registered Partnership, and Marriage
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Equality for Same-Sex Couples
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226520339.003.0009

Comparative analysis shows that whereas most U.S. states provide same-sex couples with extensive parental rights and hardly regulate the relationship between the partners, some European countries provide comprehensive recognition of the couple's relationship but offer relatively few parental rights. This chapter compares the American and European models on the one hand and opposite-sex marriage on the other, in terms of the rights, benefits, and obligations each of the institutions provides.

Keywords:   domestic partnership, registered partnership, same-sex couples, parental rights, opposite-sex marriage, rights and benefits

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