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Encyclopedia > Civil unions in New Hampshire
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Same-sex civil unions
Recognized nationwide in:
Denmark (1989) | Norway (1993)
Israel1 (1994) | Sweden (1995)
Greenland (1996) | Hungary1 (1996)
Iceland (1996) | France (1999)
Germany (2001) | Portugal (2001)
Finland (2002) | Croatia1 (2003)
Austria1 (2003) | Luxembourg (2004)
New Zealand (2005) | United Kingdom (2005)
Andorra (2005) | Czech Republic (2006)
Slovenia (2006) | Switzerland (2007)
Colombia (2007)
Recognized in some regions in:
United States (7 states+DC) (1997) :

CA, CT, HI, ME, NJ, VT, WA + DC Image File history File links Current_event_marker. ... A civil union is a recognized union similar to marriage. ... Civil unions or some other form of relationship recognition such as same-sex marriage, domestic partnerships, or reciprocal benefits are legal in six of the United States, and the District of Colombia. ... Example of California domestic partnership certificate. ... The Connecticut General Assembly passed a bill to adopt civil unions in Connecticut, ensuring that same-sex couples get the same civil rights as heterosexual couples. ... Since 1997, the state of Hawaii has offered reciprocal beneficiary registration for any adults who are prohibited by state law from marrying, including same-sex couples. ... In April 2004, the Maine Legislature passed a bill to establish Domestic Partnerships, providing many important rights akin to marriage for same-sex couples in that state. ... Main article: Same-sex marriage in New Jersey The American state of New Jersey offers domestic partnerships for same-sex couples 18 years of age or older and opposite-sex partners 62 years of age or older [1]. The present law was passed by the state legislature and signed by... Overview Civil unions in Vermont are legal unions of same-sex couples in accordance with a law that went into effect in 2000. ... On April 10, 2007 the Washington Legislature gave final approval to domestic partnership legislation that would give same-sex couples many state rights of marriage, however does not legalise gay marriage nor civil unions. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Persecution Violence Washington, D.C., has recognized domestic partnerships since 1992. ...

Argentina (Buenos Aires, Rio Negro) (2003)
Australia Tasmania (2004), Victoria (2007)
Italy (Some municipalities) (2004)
Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul) (2004)
Mexico (Mexico City and Coahuila) (2007)
Was recognized before legalization of same-sex marriage in:
Netherlands (nationwide) (1998)
Spain (12 of 17 communities) (1998)
South Africa (nationwide)2 (1999)
Belgium (nationwide) (2000)
Canada (QC, NS and MB)3 (2001)
Recognition debated in:
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Brazil
Chile
Costa Rica
Greece
Ireland
Italy
Liechtenstein
Mexico
Poland
United States
Uruguay
Notes:
1 - In form of unregistered cohabitation.
2 - Explicitly referred to as the "civil unions Act" in South Africa.
3 - Explicitly referred to as "civil unions" in Quebec (2002), and called "domestic partnership" in Nova Scotia (2001) and Manitoba in (2002). Marriage was extended to same-sex couples nationwide in (2005).
See also
Same-sex marriage
Registered partnership
Domestic partnership
Common-law marriage
Marriage, unions and partnerships by country
Homosexuality laws of the world
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Civil unions in New Hampshire are currently being pursued at a state legislative level. As of April 26, 2007, a bill allowing for same-sex civil unions in New Hampshire had been passed by the legislature, and the governor has stated that he will sign the bill. In Argentina, marriage is allowed between a man and woman. ... Beginning July 2004 some Italian regions recognized coppie di fatto (de facto couples), both same-sex and opposite-sex couples, giving them legal benefits. ... The Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul legalised civil unions after a court decision in March 2004. ... In November of 2006, Mexicos capital, Mexico City, legalized civil unions between same-sex couples. ... Same-sex marriage is a term for a governmentally, socially, or religiously recognized marriage in which two people of the same sex live together as a family. ... This politics article needs to be wikified. ... Spain is divided into 17 autonomous communities, 11 of which recognize civil unions. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Same-sex marriage in South Africa. ... Statutory cohabitation: Act of 23 November 1998: Gives limited rights to registered same-sex and opposite-sex couples. ... Same-sex marriage was legalized across Canada by the Civil Marriage Act enacted on July 20, 2005. ... Civil unions in Quebec: Pursuant to a range of activism and to the M. v. ... “Matrimony” redirects here. ... Nationwide can refer to: Nationwide Building Society, the worlds largest building society, located in the United Kingdom. ... Same-sex marriage is a term for a governmentally, socially, or religiously recognized marriage in which two people of the same sex live together as a family. ... Registered partnership is one of several terms for a civil union or civil partnership similar to marriage, typically created for the purposes of allowing same-sex couples access to the legal and social benefits of traditional marriage. ... A domestic partnership (known as Pairage) is a legal or personal relationship between individuals who live together and share a common domestic life but are not joined in a traditional marriage or a civil union. ... Common-law marriage (or common law marriage), sometimes called informal marriage or marriage by habit and repute is, historically, a form of interpersonal status in which a man and a woman are legally married. ... World laws on homosexuality US laws on homosexuality Legality of same-sex unions in Western Europe. ...

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History

After the 2006 Democratic takeover of the New Hampshire state legislature, several bills are being considered which could grant same-sex couples greater civil rights. Proposals have been made by both Democratic and Republican politicians. The various proposals range from allowing couples to enter into a "contractual cohabitation," a "civil union," a "spousal union," or a same-sex marriage. Governor John Lynch opposes same-sex marriage, but has, through various spokesmen, indicated that he is receptive to discussing civil unions as a means of granting certain rights to same-sex couples.[1] Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      The 2006 United States midterm elections were held on Tuesday, November 7, 2006. ... The New Hampshire General Court is the state legislature of the U.S. state of New Hampshire. ... Civil rights or positive rights are those legal rights retained by citizens and protected by the government. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States; the other being the Republican Party. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. ... John H. Lynch (b. ...


On April 4, 2007, the NH House passed a Civil Unions bill HB437 with a vote of 243 to 129. Should the bill be made law, it will take effect on January 1, 2008 and will imbue partners in same-sex civil unions with the same "rights, responsibilities and obligations" as heterosexual couples in marriages.[2] April 4 is the 94th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (95th in leap years). ...


Lynch stated on April 19 that he will sign legislation granting Civil Unions to same-sex couples because he believes "...it is a matter of conscience, fairness and preventing discrimination."[3] April 19 is the 109th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (110th in leap years). ...


On April 26, 2007, the NH State Senate approved the civil unions bill 14-10 along political party lines. Governor Lynch is expected to sign the bill, which will make New Hampshire "...the first state to embrace same-sex unions without a court order or the threat of one."[4] April 26 is the 116th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (117th in leap years). ... Political parties Part of the Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A political party is a political organization that seeks to attain political power within a government, usually by participating in electoral campaigns. ...


See also

Same-sex marriage in US

  • Same-sex marriage in the United States
  • Same-sex marriage legislation in the United States
  • Same-sex marriage in the United States by state
  • Same-sex marriage in the United States public opinion
  • Same-sex marriage status in the United States by state

Same-sex marriage, often called gay marriage, is a marriage between two persons of the same sex. ... This article serves to provide the final outcome of legislation only. ... This article summarizes the legal and political actions taken by the individual states of the United States regarding same-sex marriage. ... Advocates of same-sex marriage generally hold that marriage and its benefits should not be denied to same-sex couples, and that such a denial infringes one or more of their rights as American citizens. ... Same sex marriage permitted Laws permitting civil unions or domestic partnerships Same sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships prohibited State Constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage State law banning same sex marriage No state law banning same sex marriage (however, judicial or executive rulings prevent same sex marriage) Same...

Marriage in US

It has been suggested that Rights and responsibilities of marriages in the United States be merged into this article or section. ... The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, is the commonly-used name of a federal law of the United States that is officially known as Pub. ... The Marriage Protection Act is a bill considered by the U.S. Congress and passed by the House of Representatives in 2004, and reintroduced in the House in 2005, that sought to divest the power of the federal courts to hear cases related to the Marriage Protection Act itself, as... Defense of marriage amendments are U.S. state constitutional amendments that have been proposed, and in some instances adopted, to prevent the legalization of same-sex marriage. ... The United States Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution which would define marriage in the United States as a union of one man and one woman. ... In the United States, domestic partnership is a legal status similar to marriage that has been available to same-sex couples (and sometimes opposite-sex couples). ... The Freedom to Marry coalition is a conglomeration of groups working toward the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States. ... Civil marriage has undergone significant changes in the United States since the countrys inception: 1830 - Right of married woman to own property in her own name (instead of all property being owned exclusively by the husband) in Mississippi. ...

References

  1. ^ Liebowitz, Sarah. (5 March 2007) Gay unions could gain support Concord Monitor. Accessed 11 April 2007.
  2. ^ Moskowitz, Eric. (5 April 2007) N.H. House passes civil unions Concord Monitor. Accessed 11 April 2007.
  3. ^ AP. (19 April 2007) Lynch: NH should have civil unions Manchester Union Leader. Accessed 19 April 2007.
  4. ^ Wang, Beverley. (26 April 2007) State Senate approves civil unions for same-sex couples Concord Monitor. Accessed 26 April 2007.


Same-sex marriage in the United States
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Marriage Legalized: Massachusetts

 Civil unions permitted: Same-sex marriage, often called gay marriage, is a marriage between two persons of the same sex. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Same-sex marriage is a term for a governmentally, socially, or religiously recognized marriage in which two people of the same sex live together as a family. ... Same-sex marriage in the U.S. state of Massachusetts began on May 17, 2004 because the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled in Goodridge v. ...

Connecticut - New Jersey - Vermont
Marriage or Civil Union
Laws proposed
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Connecticut - Illinois - Maine - New Hampshire - New Jersey - New York - Rhode Island - Vermont - Washington

 Domestic partnerships permitted: The Connecticut General Assembly passed a bill to adopt civil unions in Connecticut, ensuring that same-sex couples get the same civil rights as heterosexual couples. ... Main article: Same-sex marriage in New Jersey The American state of New Jersey offers domestic partnerships for same-sex couples 18 years of age or older and opposite-sex partners 62 years of age or older [1]. The present law was passed by the state legislature and signed by... Overview Civil unions in Vermont are legal unions of same-sex couples in accordance with a law that went into effect in 2000. ... The State of Connecticut does not currently recognize nor allow same-sex couples the ability to marry. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... In April 2004, the Maine Legislature passed a bill to establish Domestic Partnerships, providing many important rights akin to marriage for same-sex couples in that state. ... The state of New Jersey has neither allowed nor recognized marriages between couples of the same-sex. ... Same-sex marriage is not recognized in New York state. ... Same-sex marriage is not recognized in Rhode Island state. ... Overview Civil unions in Vermont are legal unions of same-sex couples in accordance with a law that went into effect in 2000. ... Same-sex marriage is not recognized in Washington state. ...

California - District of Columbia - Hawaii - Maine - Washington
Prohibited by statute: Arizona - Connecticut - Delaware - Florida - Illinois - Indiana - Iowa - Maryland - Minnesota - New Hampshire - New York - North Carolina - Pennsylvania - Puerto Rico - Washington - West Virginia - Wyoming
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Marriage undefined: New Mexico - Rhode Island

 
 

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