The Nevada secretary of state’s office will take applications starting Monday from both gay and straight couples who want to take advantage of Nevada’s new domestic partners law.
The law was approved by the 2009 Legislature over the veto of Gov. Jim Gibbons. It extends rights similar to those held by married couple, including community property and debt and the right to seek financial support after a breakup.
The law does not require employers to provide insurance coverage to partners of employees.
To be eligible, couples must be older than 18, not be related by blood, share a common residence at least part-time, not be married to or in a partnership with anyone else and declare that they are in an “intimate and committed relationship of mutual caring.”