California Governor Says He Will Sign Domestic Partner Bill

August 18, 2003 ( - California Governor Gray Davis has announced his intention to sign legislation giving domestic partners most of the same legal rights as married couples.

>Among the legal rights the bill would bestow onto domestic partners is the ability to file joint state income tax returns and get the same tax exemptions enjoyed by married couples.   Additionally, it would give domestic partners the same rights as married couples regarding the acquisition, transfer and sharing of property, health insurance, and pension coverage and collection of government benefits, including public assistance, according to an Associated Press report.

>Davis calls the legislation one that helps to ensure “fairness for all Californians.”   “As governor I will continue to do everything within my power to honor the dignity, humanity and privacy of every Californian regardless of their ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender or sexual orientation,” Davis said.

The bill has passed the state Assembly and is scheduled to be considered Monday by the Senate Appropriations Committee.