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In re Domestic Partnership of Ellis and Arriaga, G038437

Under the California Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibilities Act of 2003 and consistent with the rationale in Koebke v. Bernardo Heights Country Club, 36 Cal.4th 824 (2005), a person's reasonable, good faith belief that his or her domestic partnership was validly registered with the California Secretary of State entitles that person to the rights and responsibilities of a registered domestic partner, even if the registration never took place.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 05/06/2008
  • Published 05/06/2008



  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Jennifer C. Pizer, Tara L. Borelli, Los Angeles;  Long Beach Law, Rebecca J. Birmingham, A. Stephanie Loftin, Long Beach, and Sharon L. Taylor, for Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Attorney General, Christopher E. Krueger, Assistant Attorney General, Douglas J. Woods and Kathleen A. Lynch, Deputy Attorneys General, for the State of California as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Appellant.   No appearance for Respondent.
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