December 11, 2015 at 4:41 pm EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
D.C. Council approves DP ‘termination’ bill
D.C. Council, gay news, Washington Blade, Domestic Partnership Termination

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The D.C. City Council voted unanimously on Dec. 1 to give final approval the Domestic Partnership Termination Recognition Amendment Act of 2015.

The legislation calls for amending the city’s existing domestic partnership law to allow couples that had domestic partnerships legally registered in another jurisdiction to terminate those partnerships by judicial decree in the District.

Supporters say the bill will correct an unintended legal interpretation of the existing law that prevents couples who moved to D.C. from another jurisdiction from terminating their partnerships unless they reestablish residency in the state in which the partnership was originally registered.

LGBT activists have said D.C.’s domestic partnership law, which recognizes same-sex and opposite-sex partnerships, has been used less frequently by same-sex couples in recent years since same-sex marriage became legal in D.C. in 2010.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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