civil union


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civil union

n.
A legally sanctioned relationship between two people, especially of the same sex, having many of the rights and responsibilities of marriage.
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Noun1.civil union - a voluntary union for life (or until divorce) of adult parties of the same sex; "parties to a civil union have all the same benefits, protections, and responsibilities under Vermont law as spouses in a marriage"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
marital status - the condition of being married or unmarried
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The post Accept says ECHR ruling on civil unions has implications for Cyprus appeared first on Cyprus Mail .
A bill that would legalize non-marital civil unions for same-sex couples has split Peruvians into two camps: those viewing such unions a civil rights issue and others who say it is an attack on the family.
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He said he's not taking a stand against civil unions themselves, but he contends the council exceeded its legal authority.
In the latest victory for gay rights advocates, same sex couples in Illinois are lining at courthouses across the state today to receive licenses binding them in civil unions.
She has lived with Ledsdottir, who is in her fifties, for many years and the couple entered a civil union in 2002.
But this begs the question that the civil union people are raising, since it assumes that government is in the marriage business and should remain there.
The civil union was legally dissolved, and Janet petitioned in a Vermont family court for visitation rights to Isabella.
But a civil union would allow a same-sex couple to jointly file state tax returns, allow them to take bereavement or sick leave to care for a partner or a partner's child, and obtain auto, health and home insurance, she said.
At the same time, his views on abortion and same-sex civil unions are unknown to most rank and file Republicans.
Etiquette authorities admit they moved into untrodden territory this week when hundreds of same-sex couples took advantage of new laws in the United Kingdom allowing civil unions.
Restricting same-sex couples to civil unions and calling this equal treatment under the law is the same ``separate but equal'' treatment that was rejected in Brown v.