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Civil Unions

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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Italy: Lower House approves motion on same-sex civil unions

Thursday, June 11, 2015
The motion commits the government "to promote the adoption of a law on civil unions, particularly with regard to the condition of the people of same sex". ...

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Costa Rica judge grants first openly gay common-law marriage in Central America

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Along with being the first legal recognition of a same-sex relationship in Central America, the decision could set an example for judges elsewhere in the country to recognize gay relationships and even adoption. ...

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Chilean president signs same‑sex civil union law

Monday, April 13, 2015
Michelle Bachelet
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Monday signed a law that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples, a sign of change in a country long regarded as one South America's most socially conservative nations. ...

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Costa Rica government plans legislation to allow same-sex civil unions

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Costa Rica will put forth a plan this week to allow civil unions between same-sex couples in the Central American nation. ...

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Peru rejects civil unions bill after Catholic bishop calls gay lawmaker a ‘faggot’

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Monsignor Luis Bambarén
Lawmaker Carlos Bruce said he was disappointed a representative of the Catholic Church, "apparently lacking arguments, now resorts to insults.” ...

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Chile approves bill authorizing civil unions between same-sex couples

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Chile's Congress on Wednesday approved the country's first law authorizing civil unions between same-sex couples. ...

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Colo. won’t clarify civil unions law until Supreme Court issues marriage ruling

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Colorado state capitol in Denver.
Colorado won't address some legal questions about civil unions pending a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage. The state currently allows both same-sex marriage and civil unions. ...

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Former Italian premier promotes legalizing same-sex civil unions in Italy

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Silvio Berlusconi
ROME -- Silvio Berlusconi is pushing for the legalization of civil unions between gays in Italy, but not same-sex marriage. In Rome, where politicians are sensitive to Vatican policy, the leader of Italy's largest center-right party told reporters Thursday that ...

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Estonia becomes first former Soviet nation to legalize gay partnerships

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Tallinn, Estonia
TALLINN, Estonia -- Estonia on Thursday became the first former Soviet nation to legalize gay partnerships, while Kyrgyzstan - another ex-Soviet republic thousands of kilometers east - considers anti-gay legislation. The parallel moves reflect starkly divergent paths taken by the ...

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Ecuador to formally recognize couples in same-sex civil unions

Sunday, August 24, 2014
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 ...

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