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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Pastor Javier Soto

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

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]

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

Monday, April 14, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]

Romanian parliamentary committee rejects same-sex civil partnerships bill

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
BUCHAREST, Romania -- A bill which would have legalized same-sex civil partnerships was soundly rejected earlier this month by a parliamentary committee in Romania. [ Read more → ]
Pope Francis

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

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]

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

Monday, February 17, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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.

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

Friday, February 14, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.

Ind. lawmakers effectively kill proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Thursday, February 13, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana lawmakers have effectively killed a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage for this year. [ Read more → ]
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.

Ind. constitutional gay marriage ban will not go before voters this year

Thursday, February 13, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- The proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was called for second-reading in the Indiana state Senate on Thursday and no amendments were presented. [ Read more → ]
Scott Pelath

Democrats target civil unions prohibition in Ind. same-sex marriage ban

Friday, January 24, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- The top Democrat in the Indiana House will lead an effort next week to delete a clause prohibiting civil unions from a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Gary Herbert (R-Utah)

Utah governor says he’s open to law allowing civil unions

Thursday, January 23, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday indicated he'd be open to a law allowing civil unions if Utah citizens pushed for such an option for gay couples in the future. [ Read more → ]
Jim Walder

Ill. innkeeper expects more legal troubles when he refuses to host gay weddings

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
PAXTON, Ill. — The owner of an Illinois inn who is the subject of a civil rights complaint for refusing to host same-sex civil union ceremonies, says he will refuse to allow same-sex weddings when the state's marriage equality law takes effect in June. [ Read more → ]

Chile’s Senate votes in favor of same-sex civil unions bill

Thursday, January 9, 2014
SANTIAGO, Chile — A same-sex civil union bill has been overwhelmingly approved in Chile’s Senate. On Tuesday, 28 Senators voted in favor the Life Partner Agreement (AVP) while only six opposed it and two absented, reported the Santiago Times. [ Read more → ]
Pat Steadman

Colo. lawmaker wants to allow joint state tax returns for married gay couples

Thursday, January 9, 2014
DENVER -- A Colorado lawmaker who sponsored the state's civil unions law, says he will introduce a bill this week aimed at allowing married same-sex couples to file joint state tax returns. [ Read more → ]
Cottonwood, Ariz.

Cottonwood latest Ariz. city to approve same-sex civil unions

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The City of Cottonwood has joined a handful of Arizona communities in approving civil unions. [ Read more → ]

EU court: Same-sex couples in civil partnerships must receive equal benefits

Thursday, December 12, 2013
BRUSSELS -- The European Union's highest court has ruled that in EU countries where gay couples can't marry, they must get the same benefits as married people if they enter into civil partnerships. [ Read more → ]

Following vote against same-sex marriage, Croatia to propose civil unions

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
ZAGREB, Croatia -- Just one day after Croatian's voted to ban same-sex marriage, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said Monday that officials plan to offer civil union legislation that would give same-sex couples in Croatia many of the legal rights currently afforded to heterosexual couples. [ Read more → ]

Court rules Greece civil partnership law discriminates against gay couples

Friday, November 8, 2013
ATHENS, Greece -- Gay rights advocates in Greece have welcomed a decision by a European court condemning the country for failing to include same-sex couples in 2008 legislation that introduced civil partnerships. [ Read more → ]

Western Mexico state approves same-sex civil unions

Friday, November 1, 2013
MEXICO CITY -- Lawmakers in Mexico's western state of Jalisco have approved a change in the state's constitution that legalizes same-sex civil unions. [ Read more → ]
Valletta, Malta

Malta parliament to consider same-sex civil unions bill

Monday, October 14, 2013
VALLETTA, Malta -- Lawmakers in the tiny Mediterranean island nation of Matla are scheduled to debate a bill Tuesday that will grant same-sex couples the same benefits legally as civil marriages [ Read more → ]
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)

Christie administration makes final case to delay same-sex marriages

Monday, October 7, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. -- The Christie administration on Monday made its final case for why a judge should put on hold a ruling that would legalize gay marriage effective Oct. 21. [ Read more → ]

Sedona becomes fourth Ariz. city to approve same-sex civil unions

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
SEDONA, Ariz. -- Sedona has become the fourth Arizona city to recognize same-sex civil unions. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)

Advocacy groups pitch lawmakers to override Christie’s marriage equality veto

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. -- A new push by same-sex marriage advocates, led by New Jersey United for Marriage, an alliance of national and state LGBT and civil rights groups, are hoping to secure enough votes to override Gov. Chris Christie’s 2012 veto of a same-sex marriage bill before the current legislative term expires in January, 2014. [ Read more → ]
Juan Luis Cipriani

Catholic Church, conservative politicians attack Peru’s same-sex civil union bill

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
LIMA, Peru -- The Catholic Church and leading conservative politicians have lunched an attack on a Peru lawmaker and his draft bill to legalize same-sex civil unions, calling it an attempt to “justify his [sexual] orientation.” [ Read more → ]
Sedona, AZ

Sedona, Ariz., considering local ordinance on civil unions

Friday, September 13, 2013
SEDONA, Ariz. — Another Arizona community is moving toward recognizing civil unions of couples regardless of gender. [ Read more → ]
Parliament building in Lima, Peru.

Peru lawmaker proposes bill to legalize same-sex civil unions

Friday, September 13, 2013
LIMA, Peru -- A Peruvian lawmaker is proposing a bill that would legalize civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. [ Read more → ]
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