civil union

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a voluntary union for life (or until divorce) of adult parties of the same sex

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Pinotti said she will celebrate the union between two women in Genoa on Saturday, becoming the first Italian defence minister to officiate at a same-sex civil union.
A 2003 law in Brazil paved the way for legal recognition of same-sex civil unions.
She said she didn't know how many couples could show up in her largely rural, coal-mining, south-central Illinois county, where 11 couples are in civil unions.
12 to establish a legal institution of nonmarital civil unions between same-sex couples in recognition of gay and lesbian civil rights and end existing discrimination against that sector of the population.
Mayor Emanuel, who presided over the union of one of his top aides and his partner, proclaimed, "Looking out to everybody here, I think I can say this as a veteran of marriage, it [has] been a long journey here and to all those who are about to get married and join in civil union you have a fruitful journey going forward.
Some legal scholars have proposed a simple solution: the government could offer civil unions to all couples, straight or gay.
For example, New Jersey has said that insurers have to provide spousal continuation of civil union partners if the company wants to continue writing annuity business in the state, he said.
The statute holds that "any such civil union, partnership contract, or other arrangement entered into by persons of the same sex in another state or jurisdiction shall be void in all respects in Virginia and any contractual rights created thereby shall be void and unenforceable.
Couples who are part of a civil union don't have the same rights as a married couple, particularly when it comes to federal benefits, she said.
February 7--The Municiple Excess Liability Joint Insurance Fund board capped at $25,000 any payouts that might arise from a civil union discrimination suit against officials who refuse to perform the ceremony as required by a new state law.
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.
The confederation's first civil union law kicked in Jan.
But Sir Elton's civil union has polite society scratching its head over what title partner David Furnish will take.
The opinion argued that California's civil union laws already provide all of the same rights as married couples.