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A reciprocal beneficiary is a type of legal arrangement that is offered in some states, such as Hawaii, whereby two non-married people can assign some, but not all, of the rights of married couples to one another.
John and Matt were a gay couple in Hawaii, but could not legally marry each other or form a civil union/domestic partnership. So Matt designated John as his reciprocal beneficiary to at least get a few rights.
by GJGJG1211 January 24, 2010
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