Court Lifts Stay of Domestic Partnership Law–Law Now in Effect

EMPLOYMENT ALERT
COURT LIFTS STAY OF DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP LAW – LAW NOW IN EFFECT

On February 1, 2008, the U.S. District Court issued its ruling in the case brought by the
Alliance Defense Fund challenging the Secretary of State’s ruling that a petition to place
House Bill 2007, Oregon’s Domestic Partnership Law, on the ballot failed due to an
insufficient number of signatures. The court lifted the stay it had previously placed on
implementation of the law pending the February 1, 2008, hearing.

This means the law is now in effect. The law establishes a domestic partnership system
that provides legal recognition to same-sex relationships. Individuals who meet the
requirements of the law may complete and file with a county clerk a Declaration of
Domestic Partnership. The clerk will issue a Certificate of Registered Domestic
Partnership. Registered Domestic Partners are entitled to most of the same benefits
provided to married couples under Oregon law.

Since the law is now in effect, employers need to implement appropriate changes to
policies, procedures and employee benefits to comply with the new law and should
consult with their legal counsel if they have any questions about necessary changes to
policies and procedures.

Labor and Employment Practice Group
HARRANG LONG GARY RUDNICK P.C.

Sharon A. Rudnick
(541) 485-0220
[email protected]

Jens Schmidt
(541) 485-0220
[email protected]
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