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civil union

noun

Simple Definition of civil union

  • : a legal relationship between two people of the same sex that gives them some of the same rights and responsibilities that married people have

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of civil union

  1. :  the legal status that ensures to same-sex couples specified rights and responsibilities of married couples

1992

First Known Use of civil union

1992


Law Dictionary

civil union

noun

Legal Definition of civil union

  1. :  the legal status that ensures to same-sex couples specified rights and responsibilities of married couples



Additional Notes on civil union

Following Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (2015), civil unions in some states were converted to marriages by operation of law, or could be converted by action of the couple.


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