What's the difference between marriage and Civil Unions/Domestic Partnership?

What are the difference between them and what benefits are denied to civil Unions and dom partnerships?

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  • Bast
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
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    Some people claim Civil Unions/Domestic Partnerships are equivalent to Marriage, but they aren't. No matter how well worded and intentioned, they fail to offer the rights and protections afforded by marriage. Time and time again same-sex couples in Civil Unions/Domestic Partnerships have been denied things like health insurance, visiting rights in hospitals, and other rights because employers and others didn't recognize their CU/DP as they would a marriage. A CU/DP is also not portable the way marriage is. If you get one, it's only recognized in the state in which you got it. Step outside that state and you have no more rights as a couple than total strangers.

    http://www.alternet.org/story/57722/why_civil_unio...

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/17/nyregion/17sames...

    http://lesbianlife.about.com/cs/wedding/a/unionvma...

    Only marriage provides the legal protections and rights marriage provides. Separate isn't equal.

  • 5 years ago

    I only be aware of this for the U.S. Best: 1. Marriage is a civil union that is ruled via state rules as a way to be eligible for. As quickly as a couple is married in the state they reside in, they're mechanically bestowed with the 1100+ federal benefits/penalities of marriage. 2. Civil Unions/domestic partnership are similar to marriage, as they are state sanctioned unions governed by using state laws. Nevertheless, on both the STATE & FEDERAL stage, they don't provide all the equal protections/penalties/advantages of marriage, only a few. Depending on the state, they do not get the tax advantages, the protections, the authorized advantages of marriage. And at a federal stage? Most effective MARRIAGE (now not home partnership/civil union) can get the federal advantages of marriage. To add insult to damage, even if gay couple IS married in a state where their marriage is recognized by means of that state, the FEDERAL govt will not recognize that marriage due to DOMA (security of Marriage Act) three. Depending on the state, straight humans CAN enter right into a civil union/home partnership. In CA, for example, the stipulation is abiding via the entire regs for marriage in CA AND one of the most persons must be as a minimum 65 r older. Otherwise, that straight couple can simplest be married.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    I can only speak for the US...

    Marriage is granted over 1100 federal benefits and certain state benefits.

    Civil Unions do NOT get any federal benefits because of DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act. Also, on the state level the states decide what state benefits they will grant same-sex couples. Some states grant same-sex couples the same state benefits as married couples but others only grant selected state benefits. This is up to each individual state.

    Mind you, most states don't even have the limited benefits given to same-sex couples through civil unions. The separate is definitely not equal.

  • Jon
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    In many places it is just different in name, but in America civil unions lack many of the important benefits granted by marriages.

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  • 8 years ago

    See this list?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rights_and_responsibi...

    Married couples get all of that handed to them on a silver platter. Couples with civil unions don't.

  • MANtra
    Lv 4
    8 years ago

    The best way I've heard it described is through analogy. A racist bus driver would ask an African American, "What's the point of being forced to sit in the back of the bus? It gets you to the same place."

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Absolutely nothing, it just has a different name. It's like Seperate but Equal. Unfair, but that is how some people feel better about discriminating.

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