civil union


Definition of civil union

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

Examples of civil union in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web John and Furnish, now 73 and 58, respectively, met in 1993, had a civil union in 2005 and welcomed sons Zachary and Elijah via surrogacy in 2010 and 2013. Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2021 That document was issued after Rome criticized Bergoglio for refusing to speak up strongly when Buenos Aires extended civil union protections to gay couples within the capital region in 2002, Ivereigh wrote. Nicole Winfield, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Oct. 2020 The pope's civil union remarks have raised both hopes and doubts for gay Catholics. NBC News, 23 Oct. 2020 After the anecdote ends, the film cuts to Francis' civil union comments in the Televisa interview. Nicole Winfield, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Oct. 2020 In an interview with the Italian bishops’ TV channel, Father Antonio Spadaro, a close Francis ally, said the pope’s civil union remark had come from that 2019 sit-down. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2020 Tontian said Cyprus' Prisons Director Anna Aristotelous and her deputy Athena Demetrou helped do some of the legwork in gathering the appropriate paperwork for the civil union ceremony. NBC News, 16 Jan. 2020 Joint filing status is not available to couples in civil unions or domestic partnerships. cleveland, 22 Mar. 2020 While the country recognizes civil unions between gay and lesbian couples, entitling them to pension and inheritance rights, adoption of children is still not legal. Helena Bachmann, USA TODAY, 8 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of civil union

1992, in the meaning defined above

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“Civil union.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of civil union

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

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Legal Definition of civil union

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

Note: 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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