SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – California may start recognizing domestic partnerships for all couples, regardless of sexual orientation or age.

The current law stipulates that domestic partnerships must be same-sex couples, or opposite sex couples- as long as both the man and woman are over age 62.

Senate Bill 30, which was introduced by Senators Ricardo Lara (D-33rd District) and Scott Wiener (D-11th District) on Monday, would remove the requirement that the couple be same sex, or opposite sex and over the age of 62.

If passed, those interested in establishing a domestic partnership would need to file a Declaration of Domestic Partnership with the Secretary of State as long as they meet certain requirements:

  • Neither person is married to someone else or is a member of another domestic partnership with someone else that has not been terminated, dissolved, or adjudged a nullity.
  • The two persons are not related by blood in a way that would prevent them from being married to each other in this state.
  • Both persons are at least 18 years of age, except as provided in Section 297.1.
  • Both persons are capable of consenting to the domestic partnership.
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