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Working with Tom Brougham, members of the East Bay Lesbian/Gay Democratic Club, and attorney Matt Coles, the Domestic Partner Task Force drafted what has become the template for domestic partner/civil union policies around the world.The City of Berkeley's Human Relations and Welfare Commission held a public hearing early in 1984 on "Examining the Use of Marriage to Determine Benefits and Liabilities in Berkeley and the Alternatives." A policy was adopted by the Commission and presented to the City Council. In July 1984 the City Council voted down the proposal citing financial concerns.On September 4, 2003 the California legislature passed an expanded domestic partnership bill, extending all of the state legal rights and responsibilities of marriage to people in state domestic partnerships.California's comprehensive domestic partner legislation was the first same-sex couples policy in the United States created by a legislature without a court order. Pre-existing municipal and county domestic partnership ordinances remain in force unless repealed by their local governments.
The school board motion was made by board member and community activist Ethel Manheimer.
California created the first state-level domestic partnership in the United States in 1999.
It is available to same-sex couples of any age (provided both parties are age 18 or older) and to opposite-sex couples where at least one party is age 62 or older.
A domestic partnership is an interpersonal relationship between two individuals who live together and share a common domestic life but are not married (to each other or to anyone else).
The term is not used consistently, which results in some inter-jurisdictional confusion.