The Cohabitation Model

in Equality for Same-Sex Couples

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780226520315
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226520339 | DOI:
The Cohabitation Model

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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

Chapter.  7358 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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