civil union

civil union (plural civil unions)

  1. A legal union similar to marriage, established to allow same-sex couples (and, in some jurisdictions, opposite-sex couples) rights similar to those married couples have.
  • (similar arrangement in various jurisdictions) civil union (several states in the U.S.), domestic partnership (several states in the U.S.), registered partnership (California), registered relationship (Victoria, Australia), significant relationship (Tasmania, Australia)
  • French: union civile, pacte civil de solidarité
  • German: eingetragene Partnerschaft
  • Italian: unione civile
  • Portuguese: união civil, união de facto (Portugal), união estável (Brazil)
  • Russian: гражда́нский брак
  • Spanish: unión civil, unión de hecho, pareja de hecho

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