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Recognition from Other Jurisdictions

The Omnibus Domestic Partnership Equality Amendment Act of 2008 (Law 17-231), DC Code §32-702(i), reads:

Relationships established in accordance with the laws of other jurisdictions that are substantially similar to domestic partnerships established by this chapter, as certified by the Mayor, shall be recognized as domestic partnerships in the District.

Please note that if you are part of a same-sex couple that has been legally married in another state or country, or have been registered as a domestic partner in the jurisdictions that have been certified as substantially similar, there is no need for you to register your marriage or domestic partnership with the city.