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Nevada Domestic Partner Benefits: What you need to know

In October 2014, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Nevada’s state law banning same-sex marriage violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (Latta v. Otter, No. 14-35420 (9th Cir. 2014)), reversing a federal district court decision (Sevcik v. Sandoval, 911 F. Supp. 2d 996 (D. Nev. 2012)).
Reciprocity. Same-sex and opposite-sex marriages legally performed in other jurisdictions are recognized as legal marriages in Nevada.
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The Nevada Domestic Partnership Act provides legal recognition of domestic partnerships and creates a registry for domestic partnerships in the secretary of state's office (NV Rev. Stat. Sec. 122A.010et seq.). The law requires that domestic partners have the same rights, protections, benefits, responsibilities, obligations, and duties that spouses have under state law. Same-sex and opposite-sex couples may enter into a domestic partnership.
Other jurisdictions. A legal union (other than a marriage) validly formed in another state or jurisdiction is recognized as a domestic partnership in Nevada if the union is substantially equivalent to a domestic partnership under Nevada law. Couples must meet state eligibility requirements and register the partnership with the state registry.
To be eligible to register a domestic partnership, two individuals must:
• Have a common residence
• Not be married or a member of another domestic partnership
• Not be related by blood in a way that would prevent them from being married under Nevada law
• Be at least 18 years old
• Be legally competent to consent to the partnership
To register a domestic partnership, the individuals must file a signed and notarized ...

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