A civil union also known as a civil partnership is a legally recognized arrangement similar to marriage , created primarily as a means to provide recognition in law for same-sex couples. Civil unions grant most or all of the rights of marriage except the title itself. Around the world, developed democracies began establishing civil unions in the late s, often developing them from less formal domestic partnerships , which grant only some of the rights of marriage. In the majority of countries that established these unions in laws, they have since been either supplemented or replaced by same-sex marriage.
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Rachel Martin speaks with Fr. This week, a documentary came out that shows Pope Francis endorsing civil unions for same-sex couples. Now, his remarks in this film do not mean a change in Catholic doctrine, but they do signify a major change in how any pope has talked about this issue. I asked Father Bryan Massingale what he thought when he first heard the pope's remarks. He's an openly gay Catholic priest.
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A civil union is a legally recognized union similar to marriage. Beginning with Denmark in , civil unions under one name or another have been established by law in many developed countries in order to provide same-sex couples with rights , benefits, and responsibilities similar in some countries, identical to opposite-sex civil marriage. In some jurisdictions , such as Quebec , New Zealand , and Uruguay , civil unions are also open to opposite-sex couples. Most civil-union countries recognize foreign unions if those are essentially equivalent to their own; for example, the United Kingdom lists equivalent unions in Civil Partnership Act Schedule Supporters of civil unions contend that civil unions grant same-sex couples equal rights to married couples.
Before same-sex marriage was declared legal in , the concept of a civil union was popular. For politicians, it seemed like an interchangeable idea that required no legal action—but if a civil union was the same as marriage, why would the LGBT community have fought so hard for equality? When people marry, they tend to do so for reasons of love and commitment. But marriage is also a legal status, which comes with rights and responsibilities. Marriage establishes a legal kinship between you and your spouse.