As a matter of fact, France already allows a form of civil union, known as the PACS or civil solidarity pact.
But ending her civil union complicated her work as an activist for gay marriage in Vermont.
Those who wish to have a civil union should be able to marry by an officer of the state.
a legally recognized and voluntary union of adult parties of the same sex
Parties to a civil union have all the same protections, responsibilities, and rights as partners in marriage.
by 2000, the usual U.S. term for legally recognized same-sex unions short of marriage.