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Gay Marriage Civil Unions

Legal Facts About Civil Unions
And Gay Marriage

A civil union generally refers to a legal status similar to marriage.  It was created by some states and countries to allow homosexual or lesbian (same sex) couples to join into a legally sanctioned union affording the benefits normally accorded heterosexual marriages.  It provides a solution to some in a community who oppose actual gay marriage.  It has also been used by some heterosexual couples not wishing to enter into a traditional marriage but preferring a less ridged institution similar to common law marriage.

Although eastern states such as Massachusetts have been in recent news for adapting liberal gay marriage laws, San Francisco, California has a large homosexual population and is a leader in adapting legislation legalizing gay marriage, and divorce, rights.  This area of CA is responsible for many bills and much debate over this issue.

Civil unions exist with different features.  Some are very similar to marriage while others are simply a registration process.  They may include all the rights granted married couples including the taking of vows or they may include only portions of the rights of marriage.  Each jurisdiction constructs their civil union laws as they see appropriate with little guidance to sameness unlike the case with marriage.

In the United States same sex marriage or civil unions have been established in California, Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts and New Jersey.  Canada, Australia, Iceland, many European countries and a hand full of others have all passed civil union or same sex marriage laws permitting such unions.  A number of countries have passed rules pertaining to unregistered same sex unions usually referred to a domestic partnerships.

Some of these jurisdictions such as Massachusetts and the Netherlands have given same sex marriage the same rights and status as heterosexual marriage.

Constitution amendments banning same sex or gay marriage and same sex civil unions have passed in twenty states.  Laws defining marriage as an institution between two persons of the opposite sex have been passed in Forty three states.  A United States Senate bill to propose a constitutional amendment that would abolish same sex marriage in the United States was narrowly defeated in the Senate in 2006. 

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Times Of Malta 200 Gay Marriages Since Civil Union Legislation Times Of Malta
Times of Malta Times of Malta 200 gay marriages since civil union legislation Times of Malta Two hundred gay couples have married since the civil union legislation, two gay couples have adopted while five others are in the process of adopting, and 70 Marlene Farrugia calls on PL to 39make history39 and elect Helena Dalli Malta Independent Online all 7 news articles raquo

Decade After Vt. Civil Unions, Issue Reverberates Wisconsin Gazette
Decade after Vt. civil unions, issue reverberates Wisconsin Gazette MONTPELIER, Vt. AP When Lois Farnham and Holly Puterbaugh were joined in civil union 10 years ago Thursday, some of their friends didn39t come for fear they39d lose their jobs, and the church asked that plainclothes police officers attend the

Lingle Lingers Over Civil Unions Wisconsin Gazette
Lingle lingers over civil unions Wisconsin Gazette Linda Lingle will address legislation that would establish civil unions in the Aloha State. Lingle, last week, placed the civil unions legislation on a list of bills she might veto. While the Legislature each year passes legislation it believes is

US Top Court To Hear Bakeraposs Religious Objection To Making Cake For Gay Co...
CNBC US top court to hear baker39s religious objection to making cake for gay couple CNBC At the time, Colorado allowed civil unions but not marriage between same sex couples. The U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide in 2015. Mullins described being denied service as offensive and dehumanizing. The American Civil Liberties A baker refused to make a cake for a gay couple due to religious beliefs. Supreme Court will rule on the case in fallLos Angeles Times Supreme Court rules for lesbian pair in birth certificate caseDeutsche Welle Supreme Court Will Hear Case Of Baker Who Refused To Make Gay Couple39s Wedding CakeNewNowNext Supreme Court of the United States SCOTUSblog Washington Post SCOTUSblog all 401 news articles raquo

79 Of Israelis Back Gay Marriage Or Civil Unions The Times Of Israel The Ti...
The Times of Israel 79 of Israelis back gay marriage or civil unions The Times of Israel The Times of Israel A gay couple has a symbolic wedding ceremony under a traditional wedding canopy during the annual Pride parade in Jerusalem, July 21, 2016. Hadas and more raquo


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