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.
Several Italian cities, including Naples, already have a civil union registry.
The state already recognizes our relationship—we got a civil union in 2000.
Whether, in 1689, it would have been possible to effect a civil union without a religious union may well be doubted.
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.