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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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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 allowing civil unions by gays would be the "right compromise" [...]

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Estonia becomes first former Soviet nation to legalize gay partnerships

Thursday, October 9, 2014
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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 countries that once were parts of the Soviet empire. [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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
Pastor Javier Soto
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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