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A civil union, also referred to as a civil partnership, is a legally recognized form of partnership similar to marriage. Civil unions are not seen as a replacement for marriage by many in the gay community, and are commonly criticised as being “separate but equal.” Marriage equality advocates say civil unions segregate same-sex couples by forcing them to use a separate institution.

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Ecuador to formally recognize couples in same-sex civil unions

| Sunday, August 24, 2014
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QUITO, Ecuador -- Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa on Saturday said that same-sex couples in civil unions can now have their relationships officially recognized by the Ecuador government. Correa said LGBT people will have "the full constitutional right" to register their civil unions, and have them recorded on their national ID cards, reports AFP.

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Croatia approves civil partnerships for same-sex couples

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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ZAGREB, Croatia -- The Eastern European country of Croatia on Tuesday approved a law granting civil partnerships for same-sex couples. The Life Partnership Act, approved by the Croatian parliament by a vote of 89-16, grants same-sex couples many of the same rights as marriage, with the exception of adoption.

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Cook County, Ill., reports 120 same-sex civil unions converted to marriages

| Tuesday, June 3, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Cook County, Ill., Clerk David Orr says 120 same-sex couples converted civil unions to marriages Monday as Illinois' new marriage equality law took effect. The same law allowing same-sex marriage also allows same-sex couples to easily convert civil unions into marriages, and the couple's date of marriage is backdated to their date of civil union.

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Denver officials mark first anniversary same-sex civil unions

| Thursday, May 1, 2014
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock at a celebration of Colorado's civil unions law.
DENVER -- Denver Mayor Michael Hancock marked the first year of civil unions in Colorado with a reception for same-sex couples at the city's clerk and recorder office.

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Pastor says God sparked massive fire in Chile over same-sex civil unions

| Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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A Chilean pastor said God sparked a massive forest fire in the coastal city of Valparaíso over the weekend in response to lawmakers' consideration of a bill that would legalize civil unions for same-sex couples.

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Malta Parliament votes to legalize same-sex civil unions, adoptions

| Monday, April 14, 2014
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VALLETTA, Malta -- Same-sex couples are set to gain the right to obtain legal recognition for their relationship as the Maltese Parliament prepares to vote on the Civil Unions Bill in its third and final reading on Monday evening.

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Romanian parliamentary committee rejects same-sex civil partnerships bill

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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BUCHAREST, Romania -- A bill which would have legalized same-sex civil partnerships was soundly rejected earlier this month by a parliamentary committee in Romania.

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Pope Francis suggests Catholic Church could support same-sex civil unions

| Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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ROME -- While reaffirming the Catholic Church's opposition to same-sex marriage, Pope Francis said in a newspaper interview Wednesday that the church could support some form of civil unions.

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Colo. House approves bill to allow joint tax filing for gay couples

| Monday, February 17, 2014
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DENVER -- Gay couples in Colorado who are married in another state and in a civil union here could file joint state tax returns under a measure headed to the governor's desk.

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Indiana same-sex marriage fight delayed (at least 2 years)… but not over

| Friday, February 14, 2014
Charlie Nye, The Indianapolis Star (AP)Citizens for Community Values of Indiana representatives hold up a large banner outside the Statehouse in Indianapolis on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. From left are Ross Byrne, South Bend; Pamm Thomas, Osceola; and Tom Uebbing, South Bend.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Senate's decision to advance a proposed ban on same-sex marriage without also blocking civil unions has reset the clock on the issue getting to voters, setting the stage for continuing fights for at least two years.

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