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Petitioning California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and 4 others
This petition will be delivered to:
California Lieutenant Governor
Gavin Newsom
State Senator
Darrell Steinberg
State Representative
Adrin Nazarian
California State House
California State Senate

Tell The State of CA To Stop Charging Same-Sex Couples More To Register As Domestic Partners

 

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

 


Letter to
California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom
State Senator Darrell Steinberg
State Representative Adrin Nazarian
and 2 others
California State House
California State Senate
We, the undersigned, urge you to repeal Assembly Bill 2051 of 2006 which requires that the State of California charge same-sex couples $23.00 more than opposite-sex couples to register as domestic partners.

In 1999, then California Governor Gray Davis signed AB 26 into law, which established a domestic partnership registry. Since then, the rights and privileges extended to domestic partners have only expanded. In 2006, then Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 2051 into law which assesses a $23.00 fee in addition to the standard $10.00 domestic partnership registry fee to fund domestic violence support training, but this fee is only required to be paid by same-sex couples.

From the California Secretary of State's Website:

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.

As much as this funding is needed, to charge same-sex couples a higher fee is simply unfair. Please repeal AB 2051 and charge all couples the same fee. Anything else would be unequal in a state that already treats same-sex couples differently.