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No. A registered domestic partner is definitely not the same as a legal spouse for all purposes.
A registered domestic partnership is the California name for a civil union of two same-sex people (or two opposite sex people if one person is over the age of 62). Registered domestic partners have all the same rights and obligations that married people have under state law (basically you have to share your stuff and take care of each other) and, until recently, it was the only option for gay and lesbian couples.
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