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Same-Sex Marriage

Overview Same-sex couples represent a constituency that has successfully lobbied state governments for recognition, protection and privileges under the law. However, legal recognition of committed partnership has been neither uniform nor universal for same-sex couples. The majority of states prevent government agencies from bestowing legal privileges associated with opposite-sex marriage or domestic partnership upon same-sex […]

Same-Sex Civil Unions

The legal classification ‘civil union’ originated as an alternative to marriage for gay and lesbian couples who could not enter into legal marriages with their same-sex partners. Like marriage, state law governs civil unions. States use civil union as a means of providing some modicum of protection and entitlement to same-sex couples who would otherwise […]