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Encyclopedia > Civil unions in the Netherlands

Registered Partnership 1998. Registered partnerships for same-sex and opposite sex partners. All the same rights and responsibilities as married partners. Exception: registered (female or male) partner of a woman who gives birth is not deemed to be the second parent of the child.

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  • Registered partnership On January 1, 1998 registered partnerships (Dutch: (A marriage can be contracted by two people of different or the same sex) At the stroke of midnight April 1, 2001, four same-sex couples were married by the Mayor of Amsterdam, Job Cohen. He specially became a registrar to... Same-sex marriage in the Netherlands

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Online NewsHour: The Battle Over Same-Sex Marriage -- Unions in Other Nations (1455 words)
As the United States grapples with the debate over whether gay marriage should be legalized, some countries are in the process of reshaping their laws on the controversial subject, while others have had civil union and marriage laws in place for several years.
The Supreme Court also said, however, that religious officials cannot be forced to perform unions against their beliefs, and that the legislation must still pass the House of Commons, according to the Associated Press.
The civil union would be a viable option for both homosexual and heterosexual couples.
Jewish Community Relations Council (jcrc.org) (2780 words)
Legal recognition of same-sex civil marriage must not require clergy of any faith or denomination to perform the rites of marriage or recognize the religious status of civil same-sex marriages, consistent with the principle of the separation of church and state.
Civil marriage also represents an official status in our society that is cherished by married couples, their children and their families.
Civil unions, domestic partnerships and other forms of legal recognition for same-sex couples, which offer many but not all the rights accorded in a civil marriage, exist in various states besides California, including Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey and Vermont.
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