Rules for Registration
Since 2008, same-sex couples in Oregon that wish to become domestic partners can register a domestic partnership with their county clerk. A domestic partnership is a civil contract entered into between two competent individuals of the same sex who are at least 18 years of age. Opposite sex couples cannot register under Oregon’s domestic partnership law. The parties cannot already be registered, married, or in a civil union at the time they register for the domestic partnership.
Domestic Partnership vs. Same-Sex Marriage
Oregon domestic partnerships differ from same-sex marriages in that they are not federally recognized, do not receive recognition in other states, and require residency of only one partner. It may not be advisable to register a domestic partnership if one or both partners receive public assistance, are in the U.S. on nonimmigrant visas, or do not want to go through the legal process of dissolution to terminate the domestic partnership.