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Explanation: No, it doesn't pertain to concubines! No religious overtones here...only sexual orientation. "domestic partner" has become the officialese word for a partner of the same sex, with whom a person has been living together for x number of years to merit tax benefits, inheritance privileges.
Spouse is a neutral word, can be male or female. Legal spouse is someone of the opposite sex that you married and this marriage was recognized as valid under the law. Eligible domestic partner is someone of the same sex who is considered by the law as your 'spouse' since you and he/she meet certain requirements: a) have been living in the same household for 2 years (in Canada...or Australia I think as well), etc. This is valid only in several Western countries like Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Scandinavia...
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