Domestic partners in Nevada have something to celebrate today as the state now has a law allowing domestic partner certificates.
The law was originally vetoed by Gov. Jim Gibbons but had a legislative override in May allowing domestic partners. Nevada will start to issue about 700 certificates on the first day of registry on Oct. 1, On Top magazine told Advocate.com. The certificate does not grant marriage to couples but does give limited rights.
Estate planning and hospital visitation benefits are included in this law. However, there are no benefits such as health care.
Couples had to file their Oct. 1 certification registration between Aug. 24 and Sept. 24, according to Nevada secretary of state’s Web site.
The same law was passed in Wisconsin in August after a 2006 voter-approved constitutional amendment banning all same-sex marriage. Both Nevada and Wisconsin critics say the domestic registration law is a violation of existing state laws against marriage equality.
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— Kim Brown