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What is a Civil Union?

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A civil union is a legally recognized union similar to marriage. Beginning with Denmark in 1989, civil unions under one name or another have been established by law in many developed countries in order to provide same-sex couples with rights, benefits, and responsibilities similar (in some countries, identical) to opposite-sex civil marriage.

Civil Unions exist in only a handful of places: Vermont, New Jersey and Connecticut. California and Oregon have domestic partnership laws that offer many of the same rights as civil unions.

What is the difference between a marriage, a civil union, a domestic partnership? 
What is Marriage?
When people marry, they tend to do so for reasons of love and commitment. But marriage is also a legal status, which comes with rights and responsibilities. Marriage establishes a legal kinship between you and your spouse. It is a relationship that is recognized across cultures, countries and religions.   A couple who enters into a civil union is eligible for all the state rights that a married couple has.

What is a Domestic partnership?

A domestic partnership is a legal or personal relationship between two individuals who live together and share a common domestic life but are neither joined by a traditional marriage nor a civil union. However, in some jurisdictions, such as California, domestic partnership is equivalent to marriage, or to other legally recognized same-sex or different-sex unions. The terminology for such unions is still evolving, and the exact level of rights and responsibilities conferred by a domestic partnership varies widely from place to place.

Some states and municipalities have domestic partnership registries, but no domestic partnership law is the same. Some, like the recently passed California domestic partnership law comes with many rights and responsibilities. Others, like the one in Washington, offer very few benefits to the couple.

NJ Beautiful Weddings has been bringing together gay couples in commitment ceremonies for years and are now joining couples through Civil Union ceremonies!  The exact same care and creativity go into each ceremony and we won’t rest until you are 100% satisfied.

For more information, go to How To Apply For A Civil Union License  located on the New Jersey State web site from the department of Health & Senior Services, Vital Statistics.

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