civil union
A relationship available in New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Vermont that provides all of the rights and responsibilities of marriage for same-sex couples who register as civil union partners.
Category: Divorce & Family Law → Lesbian & Gay Couples

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


civil union
n. A relationship between cohabitating members of the same sex, legally recognized in some states, that conveys to the couple some or all attributes, benefits, and rights of marriage for purposes of that state's law, but not for purposes of other states' laws or federal law See also cohabitation, marriage.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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