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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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Contrasts between the Models of Recognition and the Status of Same-Sex Partnerships in the United States and Northern Europe

Contrasts between the Models of Recognition and the Status of Same-Sex Partnerships in the United States and Northern Europe

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(p.237) Chapter 8 Contrasts between the Models of Recognition and the Status of Same-Sex Partnerships in the United States and Northern Europe
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Equality for Same-Sex Couples
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226520339.003.0008

This chapter focuses on the two main models of recognition that serve as alternatives to marriage for same-sex couples: registered partnership and domestic partnership. Whereas the Nordic states and Germany limit the applicability of their registered partnership acts to same-sex couples, the Netherlands and France offer the same framework of regulation to both same- and opposite-sex couples. Thus, opposite-sex couples in the Nordic states and Germany can choose between marriage and cohabitation. Opposite-sex couples in the Netherlands and France can choose cohabitation, registered partnership (PaCS in France), or marriage. Same-sex couples in all states but the Netherlands have two options: either cohabiting or registering a partnership. What same-sex couples have in common in these jurisdictions is that they are excluded from the institution of marriage (except, of course, for same-sex marriage in the Netherlands). Opposite-sex couples in the Netherlands and France can choose among three forms of legally regulated cohabitation, since these countries have created a third gender-neutral category for the recognition of partnerships.

Keywords:   same-sex partnerships, United States, Northern Europe, registered partnership, domestic partnership, Nordic states, same-sex couples, same-sex marriage

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