What can an agency demand that I produce to establish that I am in a same-sex domestic partnership?
Agencies may choose to secure documentation such as a sworn affidavit to establish the existence of a same-sex domestic partnership but they are not required to do so. In determining whether to require documentation, agencies are to consider whether a similar requirement is imposed upon opposite-sex spouses, consistent with the memo’s intention that same-sex domestic partners be treated in the same manner as opposite-sex spouses for purposes of these benefits, to the extent permitted by law.