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.
Same-sex marriage at civil union: Ano ang pagkakaiba? | ABS-CBN News
The ongoing debate playing out in California courtrooms over the validity of Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, has sparked debate over how marriage is defined. In the United States, there are several types of legally recognized monogamous relationships, with some granting couples gay or straight more rights than others. Civil unions, also known as registered partnerships and civil partnerships, were first offered in the United States by the state of Vermont in , according to the U. Office of Legislative research. In , Vermont had become the first state to extend health benefits to domestic partners. Civil unions permit gay couples to declare themselves as each other's "reciprocal beneficiaries," which provides them the equivalent of a spouse's rights to hospital and nursing home visitation. Other civil union benefits can include the ability to access their partner's medical information and to make some personal decisions on each other's behalf.
Recognition of same-sex unions in Colorado
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.
By Rina Chandran. But Thailand, where they live, does not permit same-sex marriage. With Thailand set to pass a landmark law that would make it the first country in Asia to legally recognize same-sex couples as civil partners, they are hopeful the largely conservative Buddhist society is on the path to recognizing their love. Across Asia, conservative values and deep-rooted biases have hamstrung progress on gay rights. Taiwan voters last year rejected legalizing same-sex marriage in a referendum.