Protesters gathered outside parliament buildings in Greece last Friday following the government’s decision to delay legislating for civil unions for same-sex couples
Same-sex and opposite-sex couples in Ecuador will have equal access to legal relationship recognition in the form of civil unions beginning September 15. read more
President Rafael Correa said Saturday that people in same-sex civil unions now can include their status on national ID cards in Ecuador, where gay marriage is illegal. "Gays, lesbians, transgender and transsexual people have the full...Show More Summary
Florida’s bans on same-sex marriage and on recognizing out-of-state civil unions between members of the same sex violate the U.S. Constitution, a judge ruled Monday.
A Florida judge on Monday struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban in a ruling centered around whether a woman who entered into a civil union in another state could get divorced. Circuit Court Judge Dale Cohen stayed his decision, which applied only to Broward County in south Florida. Show More Summary
And yet Croatia approved civil unions two weeks ago.
The newest member country of the European Union has taken a step to reverse some of the damage done by a constitutional ban on marriage equality. read more
Connecticut's highest court just made a stunning decision: it recognised that some rights only now formally granted through same-sex marriage and/or civil unions predate the recognition of relationships by the government. Read more....
Croatia's parliament today approved civil unions by a vote of 89-16. JMG reader Andrea provides us with a translation of the linked article: According to the Italian news agency ANSA the Croatia legislature approved in the third reading (89-16 vote) the Registered Partnership bill. Show More Summary
Yet another state's gay marriage ban went down yesterday, as Colorado District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree ruled that the state's ban violated the Constitution's equal protection clause. Colorado allows civil unions between gay couples, but Crabtree said they were discriminatory because they didn't give same-sex couples the same rights...
Before same-sex marriage became the chief focus and the courts made it an easy-to-accomplish goal, civil unions were the refuge for legal homosexual partnerships. Civil unions are defined as a civil or registered partnership that is legally recognized by governments as something that is similar to marriage. After the U.S. Show More Summary
The Italian parliament will debate civil unions for gays -- “unioni gay”-- in September, with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promising that homosexual couples will have the same rights as married heterosexual couples, including pensions and inheritance guarantees. Show More Summary
Italy's government will begin debate on civil unions in September, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced on Tuesday, according to The Local: Renzi was quoted in La Repubblica on Tuesday saying “gay rights will be the same as those for married...
Michael and Mark meet Ivan and Ove, one of the first gay couples to obtain a civil union in Denmark. read more
At the 20th anniversary of the first Rome Gay Parade over the weekend, Mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino [pictured above with green, red, and white sash] promised the approval of a Civil Union Register for same-sex couples and registration of...
Military couples in domestic partnerships or civil unions will soon get at least one benefit that married couples can access. read more
Same-sex relationships, civil unions, or domestic partnerships are illegal in the Maldives under Sharia law and there are several cases of prosecution against persons of same-sex orientation. Ibrahim Muaz, a spokesman at the President’s Office recently said that Maldivians seeking asylum abroad on grounds of religion or sexuality can be...
In their zeal to provide a legal alternative to banned marriage for same-sex couples, some states may have created a new tax shelter for heterosexual couples. By choosing domestic partnership or civil union over marriage, opposite-sex couples are able to avoid paying a federal income tax marriage penalty, just as same-sex couples can. Show More Summary
Hillary Clinton to do CNN town hall. 120 gay Illinois couples converted civil unions to marriages on Monday. Sinead O'Connor goes glam for new album. Oregon United for Marriage holds off on dropping ballot measure until hearing from Supreme Court...
When Shannon and Michele Fagiano convert their civil union into a marriage license Monday - the first business day that Illinois' same-sex marriage law is in effect - little will change in their lives, the couple said. They've been together...Show More Summary