RobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4520 posts, RR: 10 Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1507 times:
Civil unions/same-sex marriages here in the Netherlands. Known here as homo-huwelijken/gay weddings, they can also be used by opposite-sex couples who do not prefer to enter into the legal institution of marriage but who would rather be in a union more similar to a common-law marriage. Two friends of ours have done this.
My boyfriend and I have a so-called domestic partnership since we bought our current home in April 1999. This is empowered by a solicitor/notary.
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1484 times:
Alaska . . .
No Civil Unions are recognized by the state . . . . whether they be between same sex partners or opposite sex partners . . .
Now, strangely enough, the Alaska Supreme Court just rules that the same benefits given to married hetero couples must be given to gay couples. WTF? I mean, I'm okay with the ruling, but it's rather moot - if they don't recognize them (either of them) as couples in the first place, does this make any sense?
What is bizarre - and will certainly wind up in court - is that a hetero unmarried couple isn't qualified for shit. Now how's that for bizarre.
Some private companies here pay the benefits regardless, but in the eyes of the State, it doesn't matter.
Rather disappointed in the State in this regard . . .