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This week Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced that he has filed for new regulations with the Office of Administrative Law that will add the category of "spouse" to the application form for the Low Cost Auto Insurance Program.
The regulations will allow the gender-neutral term "spouse" to be used on the California Automobile Low Cost Application. Furthermore, the regulations will also apply to couples who may have married elsewhere and whose marriages are recognized under California law. The form had previously only allowed "husband," "wife" or "domestic partner."
"The definition of marriage has changed over time in California, and it is imperative government forms reflect this change as well," Commissioner Jones said. "This change to the Low Cost Auto form will ensure that the application process is inclusive for all Californians. And I have also asked Department staff to carefully review all the forms we approve to make certain the forms treat equally same sex couples who were married in 2008, or those who may marry in the future."
The validity of same sex marriages under California law has changed over time. Currently, same sex marriages performed after 5:00 p.m. on June 16, 2008 through November 4, 2008 are recognized in California. For periods of time other than after 5:00 p.m. June 16, 2008 through November 4, 2008, California's domestic partnership law controls.