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1984

1984-12-05The first domestic partnership law in the U.S. is adopted in Berkeley California.

The city of Berkeley California extends spousal benefits to the same-sex partners of city employees. It is the first city or county in the U.S. to establish “domestic partnership” benefits, as they came to be called. Two years earlier, Mayor Diane Feinstein of San Francisco had caved in to religious opposition and vetoed a similar measure passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

 

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