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civil union

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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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Celia (VLW 01--011) that a child born through assisted conception to a woman in a same-sex civil union that later became a marriage is considered a child born of the parties for purposes of a divorce decree.
Italy's defence minister is to personally officiate a same-sex civil union, in a move she said would send a strong message against discrimination and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the armed forces.
Tire new law, signed by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on 7 January 2014, allows for up to 14 years in prison for attempting to create a same-sex civil union.
Connecticut is not a state that normally requires tax fliers to attach to its state tax returns copies of the federal income tax returns, and similarly does not require same-sex civil union or married couples to attach any actual or pro forma federal return or schedules explaining the adjustments necessary to modify federal items for use on Connecticut income tax returns.
Despite the Methodist group's desire that no one use its pavilion for activities directly contrary to its religious identity, New Jersey's Division on Civil Rights held in January 2009 that the Methodists must allow a lesbian couple to use the pavilion for their same-sex civil union ceremony.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, nine states and the District of Columbia have same-sex civil union or domestic partnership statutes that also provide for dissolution of those unions by residents.
Only 13% of Republicans take the contrary tack, saying they are more likely to vote for Giuliani as a result of his being pro-choice and pro same-sex civil union.
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Croatia: In July 2003, passed a same-sex civil union law equal to heterosexual civil unions.
If you were in a same-sex civil union as of December 31, 2011, you must file Form IL-1040 using either the "married filing jointly" or "married filing separately" filing status.
April 2005: CONNECTICUT passes same-sex civil union legislation.
SAO PAULO -- A court has ordered Brazil's Army for the first time to recognize a same-sex civil union between a sergeant and his companion.