NEW YORK — A proposed New York City law would create one of the broadest domestic-partner policies in the United States by treating unmarried couples the same as couples who are married, supporters of the bill said Tuesday.
The law addresses a host of emotional issues and details of everyday life that domestic partners face, allowing bereavement leave for city employees, visitation rights in city-run facilities, tenancy succession rights and allowing partners to be buried together in a city-owned cemetery.
Officials said the legislation would apply to homosexual and heterosexual couples registered with the city, recognizing domestic partners as equal to spouses in a range of services, benefits, city employee issues and civic responsibilities.
The proposed legislation has been sent to the City Council by Republican Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, who said it would codify into law executive orders from two previous administrations. The proposal fulfilled a campaign promise Giuliani made to gay rights advocates last year.