On October 11 of that year, 28 lesbian and gay male couples and one heterosexual couple registered their partnerships. The school board motion was made by board member and community activist Ethel Manheimer. In July the City Council voted down the proposal citing financial concerns. When he was denied the three days of paid bereavement leave given to married employees, he filed suit with the assistance of the ACLU. This was the first time domestic partners was a campaign issue. Brinkin lost his case. The registry and benefits were also extended to non-resident couples that same year. A copy was sent to the Berkeley School Board. On August 1, , the Berkeley School Board enacted the policy by a 4 to 1 vote. However, same-sex marriage is legal nationwide excluding some territories and Native American tribal jurisdictions and is recognized by the federal government. Britt's version was adopted and passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, but Dianne Feinstein , mayor of San Francisco at the time, came under intense pressure from the Catholic Church and vetoed the bill. West Hollywood[ edit ] In , West Hollywood city council member John Heilman successfully introduced domestic partner legislation for city residents and employees that was passed by the city council and created the first domestic partnership registry. However, the City Council did not create a registry for domestic partners until At the first meeting of the new City Council in December , the Berkeley City Council enacted a policy extending employee benefits to unmarried couples of any gender. Progressives from the Berkeley Citizens' Action BCA slate who replaced them had voiced strong support for a domestic partner policy. Additional requirements were later added for the partners to maintain mutual financial responsibility and for both to be at least eighteen years old and able to enter into a legal contract. Despite a great deal of evidence to the contrary, the judge agreed with his employer's claim that there was no way to know if his relationship was legitimate.