April 14, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed a law on Monday that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples, a move hailed by advocates as a step toward full marriage rights. The law, which will take effect in six months, gives same-sex and unmarried couples the right to inherit each other's ...[read more]
April 15, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine determined on Monday that a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would overturn its current ban on gay marriage had obtained the requisite number of signatures and satisfied the requirement that it be a "fair and truthful statement of the proposed ...[read more]
April 15, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The Maltese Parliament passed new legislation on Monday legalizing same-sex civil unions, and providing such unions with the same rights as are afforded heterosexual marriages in the country. The bill also provides for the recognition of same-sex marriages legally performed abroad. Notably, the ...[read more]
November 1, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
A Colorado same-sex couple filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the Adams County District Court after they were denied a marriage license from the Adams County Clerk's office in Colorado. The couple, Rebecca Brinkman and Margaret Burd, argues that Colorado's civil union statute violates the Fourteenth ...[read more]
March 22, 2013
by Addison Morris
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper on Thursday signed the "Colorado Civil Union Act," which will allow civil unions for same-sex couples in the state. The legislation explicitly provides same-sex couples with many of the benefits held by married couples, including dependent insurance coverage and ...[read more]
March 18, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
Vermont's House of Representatives on Friday approved a bill that would require out-of-state employers to provide the same health care coverage to same-sex couples as employees with an opposite-sex spouse. The bill was approved almost unanimously in a 139-5 vote. Under the new bill, Vermont ...[read more]
February 19, 2013
by Elie Freedman
The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany on Tuesday ruled that same-sex couples in a civil union can legally adopt the non-biological children of their partners. The challenge to the existing adoption rules was brought by a woman who was denied permission to adopt a Bulgarian girl previously ...[read more]
January 25, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday that common law couples do not have the same rights as married couple in Quebec. The case involves a common law couple with three children in which the mother filed suit for spousal support, "partition of the family patrimony and the legal matrimonial ...[read more]
January 25, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
Lawmakers for the Sejm of the Republic of Poland on Friday dismissed three pieces of proposed legislation that would have given restricted legal rights to unmarried same-sex and opposite-sex couples by way of civil union. The legislation collectively sought to grant unmarried couples a means of ...[read more]
December 1, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On December 1, 2005, the South African Constitutional Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to prohibit same-sex couples from marrying, giving Parliament one year to amend the 1961 Marriage Act. To comply with the ruling, the South African legislature enacted the Civil Union Act, requiring that ...[read more]

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