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  Concerned Women for America - When You Hear the Term ''Civil Unions,'' Think of Czechoslovakia
Well-meaning people who oppose “gay marriage” often float the compromise of “civil unions” as a way to keep everybody happy and to demonstrate their goodwill.
But the “gay” activists themselves have told us over and over that “civil unions” are merely a steppingstone to “gay marriage.” Some observers predict that the whole idea of marriage will eventually become passé if same-sex unions gain legal status.
If there was any doubt whether “gay” activists would settle for civil unions, it has been erased by events in San Francisco, where the mayor has illegally ordered marriage licenses to be issued to same-sex couples despite California’s recently enacted “domestic partner” law, which is nearly identical to Vermont’s “civil union” law.
www.cwfa.org /articles/5331/CFI/nation/index.htm   (1107 words)

  Civil union - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Civil unions were introduced in Denmark by law on June 7, 1989, the world's first such law.
The controversial civil unions law enacted in Vermont in 2000 was passed as a response to the Vermont Supreme Court ruling in Baker v.
A Vermont civil union is nearly identical to a legal marriage, as far as the rights and responsibilities for which state law, not federal law, is responsible are concerned.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Civil_union   (2417 words)

 Civil unions in New Zealand - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Civil unions in New Zealand were ratified on 9 December 2004 when Parliament passed the Civil Union Bill to establish the institution of civil union for same-sex and opposite-sex couples.
The Civil Union Bill was treated as a conscience issue by most parties, including the largest parties on the left and right, and passed by 65 votes to 55.
Civil unions came into effect on April 26, 2005 and at least two couples had applied for licences by 9:30 that morning.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Civil_unions_in_New_Zealand   (524 words)

 Encyclopedia: Civil unions in Sweden   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
A civil union is one of several terms for a civil status similar to marriage, typically created for the purposes of allowing same-sex couples access to the benefits enjoyed by married opposite-sex peoples (see also same-sex marriage); it can also be used by opposite-sex couples who...
Civil unions in Quebec: Pursuant to a range of activism and to the M. v.
Sweden has been very successful in bringing this message to the remaining Scandinavian Countries and when clergy tried to stop the gay marriage movement, it was imposed, against the public will, by the political elite.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Civil_unions_in_Sweden   (1128 words)

 Encyclopedia: Civil union   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Civil unions were introduced in Denmark by law of June 7th, 1989, the world's first such law.
Civil unions can be dissolved in Vermont family court in exactly the same manner as divorce of married couples: as of July 2002, four such unions had been so dissolved.
The American Civil War was fought in the United States from 1861 until 1865 between the northern states, popularly referred to as the Union, the north, or the Yankees; and the seceding southern states, commonly referred to as the Confederate States of America, the Confederacy, the south, or the Rebels.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Civil-union   (1501 words)

 Civil unions in Sweden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
2 - Explicitly referred to as "civil unions" in Quebec (2002), Nova Scotia (2001), and Manitoba (2002), common-law marriage extended to same-sex partners nationwide (2000).
Registered partnership was granted in Sweden in 1995.
Sweden also has a separate and more limited Domestic Partnership Act for both unmarried/unregistered heterosexual and homosexual couples.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Civil_unions_in_Sweden   (263 words)

 Galois: Civil Unions
As the court concluded in Goodridge, the traditional, historic nature and meaning of civil marriage in Massachusetts is as a wholly secular and dynamic legal institution, the governmental aim of which is to encourage stable adult relationships for the good of the individual and of the community, especially its children.
The dissimilitude between the terms "civil marriage" and "civil union" is not innocuous; it is a considered choice of language that reflects a demonstrable assigning of same-sex, largely homosexual, couples to second-class status.
While principles of comity and choice-of-law lead to believing civil unions should be respected elsewhere (and in some cases have been), the fact that it intentionally does not use the word "marriage" has given courts in CT and GA an excuse to not recognize them.
gabrielrosenberg.typepad.com /galois/civil_unions   (11332 words)

 Online NewsHour: The Battle Over Same-Sex Marriage -- Unions in Other Nations
As the United States grapples with the debate over whether gay marriage should be legalized, some countries are in the process of reshaping their laws on the controversial subject, while others have had civil union and marriage laws in place for several years.
The Supreme Court also said, however, that religious officials cannot be forced to perform unions against their beliefs, and that the legislation must still pass the House of Commons, according to the Associated Press.
The civil union would be a viable option for both homosexual and heterosexual couples.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/law/gay_marriage/unions.html   (1455 words)

 Independent Gay Forum: Carpenter, Dale. 'Are Civil Unions a Dead End?'
Though (as the author argues in a previous column) civil unions lack the full measure of respect that goes with marriage, they're not likely to be an obstacle to full marriage rights, either.
Civil unions, says Stanback, are “a firm message that we are less deserving of dignity, respect, and rights than other citizens and taxpayers.” Marriage, by contrast, “is a universally respected cultural, legal, and social institution,” she notes.
Civil unions are not where we want to be, but they're a lot better than where we are.
www.indegayforum.org /authors/carpenter/carpenter62.html   (979 words)

 Scoop: Campaign for Civil Unions (Auckland) - Submission
Civil unions eliminate the need to provide such evidence, by enabling couples to instead produce their civil union certificate.
Civil unions also mean that people will not have to apply to the Court to challenge officials’ determinations that they are not a qualifying relationship under the Relationships Bill.
Without civil unions, same-sex couples will not have the same choice about whether to obtain the certainty that registration brings, and will not be able to take advantage of the international recognition of civil unions.
www.scoop.co.nz /mason/stories/PO0408/S00215.htm   (5490 words)

 Sweden Proposes Moving from Civil Unions to Legalizing Homosexual 'Marriage'
While homosexual couples in civil unions have already been granted most of the same rights as married couples, a couple may only obtain a civil union if both are at least 18 years old.
Church leader Per Samuelsson said marriage is a sacrament, and that the definition of marriage as a union of a man and a woman is shared by all world cultures and is part of "humanity's cultural inheritance," Sweden's The Local reported.
While the Lutheran Church of Sweden continued its support of same-sex couples in a statement, saying individual priests would be permitted to perform legally-binding ceremonies for homosexual couples, the Church said it would not support same-sex partnerships under the term "marriage," saying that term should be reserved for heterosexual couples.
www.lifesite.net /ldn/2007/mar/07032305.html   (581 words)

 A Primer on Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions, Domestic Partnerships, and Defense of Marriage Acts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Because civil union law is new, it is largely untested by the courts and is not widely understood.
Because civil unions and domestic partnerships are not federally recognized, any benefits available at the state or local level are subject to federal taxation.
The amendment would define marriage as the union of a man and a woman and could be used to overrule state or local protections for same-sex couples and their children.
www.infoplease.com /ipa/A0922609.html   (1028 words)

 Civil unions in Germany   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
However, since August 1st, 2001, Germany recognizes a kind of civil union of same-sex couples.
This so-called "" (German civil union, literally "registered life partnership") grants same-sex couples who specifically apply for it a subset of the rights and obligations connected with marriage.
On July 17th, 2002, the "" (German supreme court) ruled that there are no legal obstacles to giving these civil unions the same status (w/ the same rights and obligations) as opposite-sex marriages.
www.sciencedaily.com /encyclopedia/civil_unions_in_germany   (242 words)

 Practical details - SWEDEN.SE
You will need to show a valid passport, a receipt for your Student Union membership fee and a letter stating that you are a visiting student.
Sweden has Central European Time (CET), GMT +1.
To connect to a landline you pay a connection fee of SEK 250 if you are under 26 years of age; otherwise the the fee is 975 SEK.
www.studyinsweden.se /templates/cs/Article____5022.aspx   (1496 words)

 Church of Sweden OK with gay weddings -- Queer Lesbian Gay News -- Gay.com
The Church of Sweden has announced it will perform gay wedding ceremonies if the Swedish parliament changes the current legislation to include same-sex marriage.
Civil unions in Sweden have been legal since 1995, conferring most of the benefits and obligations of marriage.
However, in August, a parliamentary committee concluded that the civil-union law was outdated and recommended that the government allow full same-sex marriage.
www.gay.com /news/article.html?2007/03/20/4   (303 words)

 BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | NZ recognises same-sex unions
The Civil Union Bill, which passed by 65 votes to 55, also recognises unions between men and women who do not want to marry.
"Civil union offers an alternative to those [couples] unable to marry or who prefer not to marry," he said.
Conservation Minister Chris Carter, who is planning a civil union with his partner Peter Kaiser as soon as the law takes effect, told parliament that history was being created.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/asia-pacific/4081089.stm   (404 words)

 [ZION] Marriage vs Civil Unions
In Vermont, the court grounded its decision compelling recognition of same sex unions as the equivalent of marriage in the "common benefits" clause of the state constitution, a provision similar to, but different from, the equal protection guarantees found in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the federal constitutions.
Because the vast majority of couples obtaining civil union licenses were not Vermont residents, the question of interstate recognition of these unions has been raised in several states with mixed results.
It is obvious that a lesbian involved in a civil union was not impregnated by her partner, and the gay man who fathers a child can do so only through a sexual encounter with someone other than his civil union partner.
www.mail-archive.com /zion@topica.com/msg05804.html   (4439 words)

 PlanetOut News: Sweden approves gay unions at embassies   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Sweden's foreign minister announced the progressive country would allow gay citizens to hold domestic partner ceremonies at its embassies.
Approximately two dozen of Sweden's 100 embassies are authorized to marry heterosexual couples as long as one is a Swedish citizen.
Sweden has been in the forefront when it comes to legislation and government policies that recognize gay relationships and equal rights for homosexuals.
www.planetout.com /news/article-print.html?2003/03/10/1   (290 words)

 iMAPP.org | Institute for Marriage and Public Policy
While lawmakers scratch their heads after the Supreme Judicial Court's opinion shooting down civil unions as a possible resolution to the gay marriage debate, city and town clerks are patiently waiting for someone to tell them what to do after May 17.
Partners in a civil union would be able to convert their union to a marriage by filling out a simple application under the provisions of a bill introduced in the Vermont House on Friday.
Civil unions were mandated by the Vermont Supreme Court in 1999; they were signed into law by former Gov. Howard Dean in 2000.
www.marriagedebate.com /mdblog/2004_02_01_mdblog_archive.htm   (8603 words)

 Catholic World News : Sweden considers change from civil unions to "marriage" for homosexuals
Since 1995, homosexual partners have had their partnerships recognized with the same legal rights and privileges of marriage but were referred to officially as partnerships.
Sweden has long been a country that has slid into the abyss of secular humanism.
I think that this move will make living in Sweden a lot like living in the old Soviet Union the only exception is that the USSR was a hell imposed on its people Sweden is a hell of their own making.
www.cwnews.com /news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=28072   (451 words)

 Debt collection Claims in Sweden - Profina
The courts of Sweden are independent from the parliament and government as stated in the constitutional law.
The legal system in Sweden, like most other countries, is based on the fact that all judgements or ruling decisions by authorities or courts can be appealed to a higher court.
Of the Nordic countries (which consist of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland) Sweden, Denmark and Finland are members of the European Union and as such obliged to follow and introduce, nationally, the overall legislation created by the Union and interpreted by the Unions Supreme Court.
www.profinainternational.se /en/services2.php?s=3   (545 words)

 The Lutheran Church of Sweden approves a rite of blessing for same-gender unions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
In Sweden, same-gender couples can be legally united by the state in a civil union that has the same legal effects as a marriage ceremony, without, however, being called a "marriage."
In Sweden, churches cannot legally perform ceremonies of civil partnership, so the ceremony that creates the civil union must have taken place before the blessing in church.
The newly-approved same-gender blessing ceremony is similar to the ceremony blessing civil marriages.
www.lcna.org /lcna_news/2006-12-19.shtm   (312 words)

 Not Geniuses: Civil Unions Archives   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Marriage in a church and entering into the legally-recognized union we commonly associate with marriage are two separate acts.
Indeed, recognizing as "civil unions" a broad range of relationships would strenthen the institution of marriage, the highest priority of many social conservatives.
If civil unions of this type were available to, say, young couples, they would be able to experience some of the rights and responsibilities of marriage before taking that sacred step.
www.notgeniuses.com /archives/cat_civil_unions.html   (1788 words)

 Homosexual community, gay marriage, sexual and family values
Marriage between a man and a woman involves union in sexual intercourse, which is an important expression of mutual love and also continues to keep our planet populated by the attendant pregnancy and motherhood which accompanies such a union.
Surprisingly few homosexuals and lesbians choose to enter into legally recognized unions where such arrangements are available, indicating that such couples do not share the same view of commitment as typified by married couples.
Heterosexual unions also have a problem with short term relationships, promiscuous behavior, lack of commitment to the relationship, a rising abortion rate because children are not wanted, mental and physical abuse and domestic violence.
www.angelfire.com /in/HisName/homosexuality.html   (3636 words)

 World Audit Civil Liberties
The Freedom House Annual Survey employs a Civil Liberties checklist to help monitor the progress and decline of human rights worldwide.
Each country is rated on a seven-category scale, 1 representing the most free and 7 the least free.
Is there equality of opportunity, including freedom from exploitation by or dependency on landlords, employers, union leaders, bureaucrats or any other types of obstacles to a share of legitimate economic gains?
www.worldaudit.org /civillibs.htm   (331 words)

 OUTfront! Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Human Rights
The order was issued because the US Episcopal Church ordained an openly gay bishop (Gene Robinson, New Hampshire) and the Anglican Church of Canada blessed same-sex unions in British Columbia.
However, with the introduction of the United Kingdom’s civil partnership legislation, Scotland’s policy will have to be revised to take into account legally recognized relationships.
Recognizes Denmark’s civil union law (as a self-governing dependency of that country)
www.amnestyusa.org /outfront/briefs.html   (1355 words)

 Christian Coalition International (Canada) Inc.
Editors Note: Civil Unions are being proposed by some leading Canadian politicians as a compromise to full fledged same-sex marriage.
Even if civil unions provided all the same legal protections of marriage - which they don't - they would still be a separate and unequal system."
Richard Goldstein, writing in the Village Voice, noted that the real goal of many homosexual activists is to transform marriage itself: "Generations of radicals have imagined a world in which the norm-making rules of matrimony are suspended...
www.ccicinc.org /socialaffairs/030504.html   (1207 words)

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