Civil unions are similar to marriage in that they extend the same state benefits, civil rights and legal protections otherwise available only to married couples, such as joint property ownership and adoption. While civil unions tend to be sought after by gay couples in states where traditional marriage is not available, they are not limited to same-sex couples only. This section includes a comparison of civil unions to marriage and domestic partnerships; a brief history of civil unions in the United States; how the law generally treats individuals who are in a civil union; and more.
- Civil Unions in Vermont
A look at Vermont’s civil union law with regard to same-sex couples. Learn about how civil unions work, the rights of same-sex couples, and the benefits provided couples under Vermont law.
- What Is a Domestic Partnership?
An overview of domestic partnerships and the laws governing them. Learn about the benefits of a domestic partnership, how to register as domestic partners, example of state domestic partnership laws, and more.