Cities and counties in the United States offering a domestic partnership registry

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As of 2014, 32 U.S. states and the District of Columbia legally recognize and document same-sex relationships in some fashion, be it by same-sex marriage, civil union or domestic partnerships. Many counties and municipalities outside of these states also provide domestic partnership registries which are not officially recognized by the laws of their states, are only valid and applicable within those counties, and are usually largely unaffected by state law regarding relationship recognition (except in some aspects). In addition, many cities and counties continue to provide their own domestic partnership registries while their states also provide larger registries (for all relationship recognitions); a couple can only maintain registration on one registry, requiring the couple to de-register from the state registry before registering with the county registry.

These are the cities and counties of United States which offer a domestic partnership, classified by census region:[1]

West Region[edit]

  Cities, boroughs, towns, townships, unincorporated areas, and villages that offers domestic partner benefits
  Counties, consolidated city-counties, boroughs, parishes, and independent cities that offers domestic partner benefits
  State-wide domestic partnership benefits for state employees only
  State-wide partner benefits through same-sex marriage, civil unions, domestic partnership, designated beneficiary agreements, or reciprocal beneficiary relationships, including state-wide domestic partnership benefits for state employees1
  County or city does not offer domestic partner benefits

1Civil unions legal in six Arizona cities

Pacific Division[edit]

Hawaii[edit]

Same-sex marriages, civil unions, domestic partnerships (limited to state employees only) and reciprocal beneficiary relationships are all granted throughout the entire state for same-sex couples.[2]

Alaska[edit]

Same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships (limited to state employees only) are both granted throughout the entire state to same-sex couples. Subject to ongoing court stays and appeals.

Washington State[edit]

Same-sex marriages are granted throughout the entire state to same-sex couples and all previous domestic partnerships (with the exception of couples with at least one member aged 62 or above) have automatically been converted into civil marriage.

Oregon[edit]

Same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships are both granted throughout the entire state for same-sex couples.

California[edit]

Same-sex marriage and domestic partnerships are both granted throughout the entire state for same-sex couples.

Mountain Division[edit]

Idaho[edit]

Same-sex marriages are granted throughout the entire state to same-sex couples. Subject to ongoing court stays and appeals.[4][5]

Montana[edit]

Same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships (limited to state employees only) are both granted throughout the entire state to same-sex couples. Subject to ongoing court stays and appeals.

Wyoming[edit]

Same-sex marriage are granted throughout the entire state to same-sex couples. Subject to ongoing court stays and appeals.

Nevada[edit]

Same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships are both granted throughout the entire state to same-sex couples.

Utah[edit]

Same-sex marriages are granted throughout the entire state to same-sex couples. Subject to ongoing court stays and appeals.[7][8]

Colorado[edit]

Same-sex marriages, civil unions and designated beneficiary agreements are all granted throughout the entire state to same-sex couples. Subject to ongoing court stays and appeals.

Arizona[edit]

Same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships (limited to state employees only) are both granted throughout the entire state to same-sex couples. Subject to ongoing court stays and appeals.

New Mexico[edit]

Same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships (limited to state employees only) are both granted throughout the entire state for same-sex couples.[11]

Midwest Region[edit]

West North Central Division[edit]

North Dakota[edit]

No recognition for same-sex couples on state, county or city level.

South Dakota[edit]

No recognition for same-sex couples on state, county or city level.

Minnesota[edit]

Same-sex marriages are granted throughout the entire state to same-sex couples.

Nebraska[edit]

No recognition for same-sex couples on state, county or city level.

Iowa[edit]

Same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships (limited to state employees only) are both granted throughout the entire state to same-sex couples.

Kansas[edit]

Same-sex marriages are legally granted in at least two counties within the state, but same-sex marriage is not recognized by the state. Subject to ongoing court stays and appeals.

Missouri[edit]

By both executive order and court order, same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions are recognized for all purposes. Same-sex marriages are still banned from being licensed within the state- except in St Louis, Missouri.[26][27][28]

East North Central Division[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

Same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships are both granted throughout the entire state to same-sex couples. Subject to ongoing court stays and appeals.

Michigan[edit]

There is currently no legal recognition for same-sex couples on a state level. However, same-sex marriage was ruled legal on March 21, 2014 and more than 300 same-sex couples were married in Michigan. Since March 24, 2014 same-sex marriages are on hold permanently for the moment. Subject to ongoing court stays and appeals.[38][39]

Illinois[edit]

Same-sex marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships (limited to state employees only) are all granted throughout the entire state to same-sex couples.[43][44][45]

Indiana[edit]

Same-sex marriages are granted throughout the entire state to same-sex couples. Subject to ongoing court stays and appeals.

Ohio[edit]

There is no legal recognition for same-sex couples on a state level. As of April 14, 2014 Ohio did recognize same-sex marriage from other jurisdictions for about 5 days, until another two judges (one state and one federal) ordered a permanent stay and another appeal on all cases in Ohio that effect the interstate recognition of same-sex marriages. In Henry v. Wymyslo, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio ordered that Ohio recognize out-of-state same-sex marriage, but the order is stayed except for the 4 named plaintiff couples in the case. In Obergefell v. Wymyslo, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio ordered that Ohio recognize valid same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions for death certificate purposes only. This decision is also stayed, pending appeals both to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.

North-East Region[edit]

New England Division[edit]

Vermont[edit]

Same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships (limited to state employees only) are both granted throughout the entire state for same-sex couples. Civil unions (before September 1, 2009 only) are still recognized and were not automatically converted into same sex marriages, since Vermont was the first state in the US to provide civil unions.

Rhode Island[edit]

Same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships (limited to state employees only) are both granted throughout the entire state for same-sex couples and all previous civil unions were automatically converted into same sex marriages.

New Hampshire[edit]

Same-sex marriages are granted throughout the entire state for same-sex couples and all previous civil unions were automatically converted into same sex marriages.

Maine[edit]

Same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships are both granted throughout the entire state for same-sex couples.

Massachusetts[edit]

Same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships (limited state employees only) are both granted throughout the entire state for same-sex couples.

  • City of Boston: No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • Town of Brewster: No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • Town of Brookline: No residency requirement. Limited to same-sex couples.
  • City of Cambridge: No residency requirement. Both opposite- and same-sex couples. Benefits include visitation rights in hospitals and correctional facilities equal to those given to a spouse. A domestic partner, who is also the parent or legal guardian of a child, may file a form at or send a letter to the child's school to indicate that the parent's domestic partner shall have access to the child's records.
  • Town of Nantucket: No residency requirement. Open to opposite- and same-sex couples.
  • Town of Provincetown: No residency requirement for registrants. Both opposite- and same-sex couples. Benefits include visitation rights in hospitals and correctional facilities equal to those given to a spouse. A domestic partner, who is also the parent or legal guardian of a child, may file a form at or send a letter to the child's school to indicate that the parent's domestic partner shall have access to the child's records.

Connecticut[edit]

Same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships (limited to state employees only) are both granted throughout the entire state for same-sex couples and all previous civil unions were automatically converted into same sex marriages.

Middle Atlantic Division[edit]

New York State[edit]

Same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships (limited to state employees only) are both granted throughout the entire state for same-sex couples.

Pennsylvania[edit]

Same-sex marriages are granted throughout the entire state for same-sex couples.

New Jersey[edit]

Same-sex marriages, civil unions, and domestic partnerships are all granted throughout the entire state for same-sex couples.

South Region[edit]

West South Central Division[edit]

Oklahoma[edit]

Same-sex marriages are granted throughout the entire state to same-sex couples. Subject to ongoing court stays and appeals.

Texas[edit]

Same-sex marriages are on hold permanently for the moment. Subject to ongoing court stays and appeals.

Arkansas[edit]

Same-sex marriages are on hold permanently for the moment. Subject to ongoing court stays and appeals.

Louisiana[edit]

There is no legal recognition for same-sex couples on a state level.

East South Central Division[edit]

Kentucky[edit]

There is no legal recognition for same-sex couples on a state level.

Tennessee[edit]

There is no legal recognition for same-sex couples on a state level.

Mississippi[edit]

Same-sex marriages are on hold permanently for the moment. Subject to ongoing court stays and appeals.

Alabama[edit]

No recognition for same-sex couples on state, county or city level.

South Atlantic Division[edit]

Delaware[edit]

Same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships (limited to state employees only) are both granted throughout the entire state for same-sex couples. All previous civil unions have been automatically converted into civil marriages.[87]

Maryland[edit]

Same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships are both granted throughout the entire state for same-sex couples.

Washington, DC[edit]

Same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships are both granted in the district for same-sex couples.

West Virginia[edit]

Same-sex marriages are granted throughout the entire state to same-sex couples. Subject to ongoing court stays and appeals.

Virginia[edit]

Same-sex marriages are granted throughout the entire state to same-sex couples. Subject to ongoing court stays and appeals.

North Carolina[edit]

Same-sex marriages are granted throughout the entire state to same-sex couples. Subject to ongoing court stays and appeals.

South Carolina[edit]

No recognition for same-sex couples on state, county or city level.

Georgia[edit]

There is no legal recognition for same-sex couples on a state level.

Florida[edit]

Same-sex marriages are on hold permanently for the moment throughout the entire state to same-sex couples. Subject to ongoing court stays and appeals.

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