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Equality for Same-Sex CouplesThe Legal Recognition of Gay Partnerships in Europe and the United States$
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Yuval Merin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780226520315

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226520339.001.0001

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The Cohabitation Model

The Cohabitation Model

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(p.160) Chapter 6 The Cohabitation Model
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Equality for Same-Sex Couples
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226520339.003.0006

This chapter summarizes the status of same-sex partnership in countries that are in the process of implementing the cohabitation model (Canada, Australia, and New Zealand). Like domestic partnership, this model has been implemented only at the state or provincial level (as opposed to the national or federal level), depending on the country. This model purports to equate the status of same-sex couples with that of opposite-sex cohabiting couples or with that of opposite-sex de facto relationships. Its scope is dependent upon the degree of regulation of the status of heterosexual cohabitants in the relevant country. Out of Canada's twelve provincial governments, eight have extended benefits to their same-sex employees. Six provinces have thus far accorded same-sex couples extensive family law rights and responsibilities. In the provinces of Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec, courts are now looking into the issue of whether same-sex couples should be granted the right to marry under Canadian human rights laws.

Keywords:   same-sex couples, cohabitation model, same-sex partnerships, family law rights, economic benefits, human rights law

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