The city clerk’s office in New York will begin conducting domestic partnership ceremonies for same-gender couples starting Thursday.
For more than a decade, the office has handed out certificates for such couples.
But after the city rules were amended earlier this year, the office decided to add a little fanfare to the unions and conduct marriage-like ceremonies for the pairs.
While domestic partners in New York don’t enjoy all the rights that married couples do, such unions can bestow some legal rights – such as hopital visitation and health benefits.
Marriage for same-gender couples is still unrecognized in the state. In December, the state Senate rejected bill legalizing such marriages.
(Source: CNN Wire)