Code of the District of Columbia

§ 32–701. Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the term:

(1) “Committed relationship” means a familial relationship between 2 individuals characterized by mutual caring and the sharing of a mutual residence.

(2) “District government employee” means any employee eligible for the District of Columbia Employees Health Benefits Program.

(3) “Domestic partner” means a person with whom an individual maintains a committed relationship as defined in paragraph (1) of this section and who has registered under § 32-702(a) or whose relationship is recognized under § 32-702(i). Each partner shall:

(A) Be at least 18 years old and competent to contract;

(B) Be the sole domestic partner of the other person; and

(C) Not be married.

(4) “Domestic partnership” means the relationship between 2 persons who become domestic partners by registering in accordance with § 32-702 or whose relationship is recognized under § 32-702(i).

(5) “Employee” means any individual employed by an employer.

(6) “Employer” means any individual, firm, partnership, mutual company, joint stock company, association, corporation, unincorporated organization, incorporated society, labor union, receiver, trustee, agent or representative of any of the foregoing, and the District of Columbia government which, for compensation, employs an individual.

(7) “Family member” means:

(A) A domestic partner; or

(B) A dependent child of a domestic partner, which shall include, for the purposes of this section, an unmarried person under 22 years of age, an unmarried person under 25 years of age who is a full-time student, or an unmarried person regardless of age who is incapable of self-support because of a mental or physical disability that existed before age 22. A dependent child of a domestic partner shall include a natural child, adopted child, stepchild, foster child, or child in the legal custody of a domestic partner.


(June 11, 1992, D.C. Law 9-114, § 2, 39 DCR 2861; Apr. 9, 2016, D.C. Law 21-105, § 3(a), 63 DCR 217.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 36-1401.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-603.01, § 1-612.31, § 1-702, § 1-901.02, § 1-1161.01, § 2-1401.02, § 3-202, § 3-413, § 3-602, § 3-1201.01, § 3-1320, § 3-1328, § 4-1301.02, § 4-1345.01, § 5-113.31, § 5-131.03, § 6-201, § 7-201, § 7-621, § 7-1231.02, § 7-1531.01, § 7-1601, § 14-306, § 14-309, § 15-502, § 15-503, § 16-308, § 16-571, § 16-901, § 16-907, § 16-909, § 16-1001, § 16-1908, § 16-2301, § 16-2701, § 19-115, § 19-322, § 19-602.01, § 19-701, § 19-904, § 19-1101, § 20-303, § 21-501, § 21-2011, § 21-2113, § 21-2202, § 22-501, § 22-1403, § 22-2701.01, § 22-3001, § 23-541, § 26-801, § 26-802, § 28-4801.02, § 31-3301.01, § 31-4202, § 32-131.01, § 32-408, § 32-704, § 32-705, § 32-706, § 32-1201, § 32-1501, § 38-2021.09, § 38-2021.13, § 42-516, § 42-1102, § 42-1301, § 42-1901.02, § 42-3404.02, § 42-3651.05, § 44-1002.05, § 46-501, § 46-601, § 47-802, § 47-902, § 47-1803.02, § 47-3701, § 47-4304, § 50-1501.02, § 50-2201.03, and § 51-110.

Editor's Notes

Mayor authorized to issue rules: Section 10 of D.C. Law 9-114 provided that the Mayor shall, pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 15 of Title 1 subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2, 2001 Ed., issue rules to implement the provisions of the act.

Feasibility Study for Federal Employees Health Benefits Program: See § 8 of the Health Care Benefits Expansion Act of 1992 (D.C. Law 9-114).

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of authority under D.C. Act 9-114, the Health Care Benefits Expansion Act of 1992, see Mayor’s Order 92-102, September 14, 1992.

Delegation of Authority Under D.C. Law 9-114, the Health Care Benefits Expansion Act of 1992, see Mayor’s Order 2002-56, March 29, 2002 ( 49 DCR 2945).