civil union

noun
Updated on: 15 Dec 2017

Definition of civil union

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

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First Known Use of civil union

1992


CIVIL UNION Defined for English Language Learners

civil union

noun

Definition of civil union for English Language Learners

  • : 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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civil union

noun

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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