civil partnership

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civil partnership
a legal union or contract, similar to a marriage, between two people of the same sex

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Main Entry:  civil partnership
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a legal union for same-sex couples, offering the same rights and responsibilities as civil marriage; a legally recognized relationship for homosexual couples, similar to marriage; also civil union
Example:  Some churches offer blessing ceremonies for civil partnership.
Etymology:  c 1837-40's 21st Century Lexicon
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