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July 31, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Question: My girlfriend and I flew to Atlanta, where I had reserved and prepaid for a car at Avis' airport location. When I told the counter agent my girlfriend would be an additional driver, the agent told me it would cost an extra $13 a day to add her to the rental agreement. (She is well over 25 years old, like me.) When I asked what it was for, I got the "company policy" answer. Had she been my spouse or had this been a business trip and we both worked for the same company, there would have been no charge to add her to the agreement.
June 2, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
California has started allowing overnight visits for gay and lesbian partners of prison inmates to conform with the state's domestic partnership law. California is one of just six states that allow overnight family visits, which take place in trailers or other housing on prison grounds. But attorneys, gay rights advocates and corrections officials said they know of no other state that permits conjugal visits by same-sex partners.
June 22, 1996
West Hollywood will be crammed with party-goers and parade-lovers this weekend at the annual Gay and Lesbian Pride Celebration. The celebration includes a festival featuring more than 300 vendors and entertainment and the popular parade. There will be more than 300 groups marching in the parade and about 400,000 spectators are expected to line the route. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, winding its way along Santa Monica Boulevard from North Crescent Heights to Robertson Boulevard.
October 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Opponents of Oregon's new same-sex domestic partnership law failed to turn in enough valid signatures to block the measure and put it on a state ballot, clearing the way for it to take effect next year, state elections officials said Monday. Oregon will join eight other states -- California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Vermont and Washington -- that have approved partnership rights in some form for same-sex couples. Massachusetts allows same-sex couples to marry.
March 11, 2004 | From Associated Press
Bowing to pressure from the state attorney general, the city on Wednesday stopped accepting marriage license applications from gay couples but decided to seek a court ruling in support of same-sex vows. The City Council acted after Atty. Gen. Peter C. Harvey threatened criminal prosecution if city officials did not stop granting the licenses. "This is a civil rights issue," Councilwoman Kate Mellina said, noting that the community has a large gay population.
February 23, 1985 | From a Times Staff Writer
A domestic partnership law passed by the West Hollywood City Council will allow homosexual and heterosexual couples to register their relationships with the new city. But while the new ordinance gives domestic partners hospital and prison visitation rights and eventually will enable the council to provide medical insurance and other benefits to the partners of city employees, the law is not expected to have much legal effect.
December 29, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A federal judge on Friday placed on hold a state domestic partnership law that was set to take effect Tuesday, pending a February hearing. The law would give some spousal rights to same-sex couples. Opponents asked U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman to intercede after the Oregon secretary of state's office ruled in October that not enough val- id signatures had been collec- ted on a referendum to block the law.
December 26, 1999
Re "Vermont Court Backs Equal Rights for Gay Couples," Dec. 21: Observing the marriages of our parents and siblings taught us a quick path to happiness: Find your soul mate, treat him or her like gold and make a life together. As a gay couple in a committed monogamous relationship, we are each other's soul mates. Each day, we strive to treat one another with the same dignity and respect with which our parents and siblings treat their spouses. Our lives together are as fulfilling as we had hoped, and we would get married in a minute.
August 17, 2001 | From Associated Press
Acting Gov. Jane Swift, who was criticized by her gay stepson for opposing gay marriage, says that she is extending some domestic partnership benefits to gay and lesbian state workers. She also denied Thursday that her action came in response to the criticism by her stepson, Brian Hunt, that was published Wednesday in the Boston Globe.
With the debut of a landmark new law, hundreds of gay and lesbian couples celebrated Valentine's Day here by doing the next best thing to getting married. They got partnered. For the first time ever Thursday, the pairs could swap rings, flowers and kisses in a short civil ceremony, plunk down a $35 fee and walk away with purple and white certificates of domestic partnership.
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