The California Legislature created the Domestic Partnership Registry in 1999. The registry offers committed couples who don't want to get married (or in the case of gay and lesbian couples, can't get married) to receive some of the same benefits and protections that married couples do. Unfortunately same-sex couples have to pay $23 more than opposite-sex couples to register as domestic partners. The domestic partnership registry page gives this reason for the additional fee: For same-sex partners, Family Code section 298 requires that an additional $23.00 fee be paid at the time of filing the form, for a total of $33.00. The additional $23.00 fee will be used to develop and support a training curriculum specific to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender domestic abuse support service providers who serve that community in regard to domestic violence, and to provide brochures specific to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender domestic abuse. To assess a fee based on sexual orientation is patently unfair. But to assess such a fee and allocate the funds towards domestic abuse training support specifically for LGBT couples sets a horrible precedent. Unfortunately in California, the concept of separate but equal is not only alive and well, same-sex couples have to pay more for the privilege. For More Info: http://www.sos.ca.gov/dpregistry/forms.htm
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