What’s the Difference??
A Domestic Partner Registry only provides approximately six rights to registered couples. Married couples, however, receive over eleven hundred benefits from the federal government once their marriage is recognized. Marriage equality still remains a challenge for same-sex couples; a DPR will not resolve the issue. While same-sex couples are legally permitted to marry in several states within the US, the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 (DOMA), prohibits these marriages from receiving federal recognition. Benefits guaranteed to married couples include, but are not limited to:
Social Security survivor benefits
Family Medical Leave (FMLA)
Continued Health Coverage (COBRA)