civil union

noun

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


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


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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