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Williams Institute Research Study Establishes Patterns of Relationship Recognition by Same-Sex Couples

By Sheryl Rentz on November 16, 2011

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)-based Williams Institute is a “national think tank” committed to advancing sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy through research. This month, The Williams Institute released its most recent study, Patterns of Relationship Recognition by Same-Sex Couples in the United States.

According to the study, since 1997, 19 states and the District of Columbia have established laws extending legal relationship recognition to same-sex couples, either by state-registered domestic partnerships, marriages, civil unions, or limited-rights statuses. Currently, Pennsylvania does not legally recognize any same-sex relationship. A legally recognized relationship involves different rights and responsibilities. An analysis of same-sex couples who have entered into legally recognized relationships in the U.S. draws various conclusions: Read the rest »

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