On December 14 the Legislature passed a bill establishing civil unions in New Jerseywhich was signed into law by Governor Jon Corzine on December 21, InSir Mark Potter, president of the high court family division, told an academic lesbian couple that they faced an "insurmountable hurdle" in trying to have a same-sex marriage recognised in English law. Chinchilla, who has suggested the courts should determine the legality of same-sex unions in Costa Rica, refused and signed the bill into law on 4 July. Civil unions were introduced in Denmark by law on 7 Junethe world's first such law, and came into effect on 1 October The debate over Civil Unions was highly divisive in New Zealand, inspiring great public emotion both for and against the passing. Same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia. Drive for same-sex marriages Archived November 6,at the Wayback Machine.
Marriage or registration of same-sex couples have become the widespread norm in Europe.
Gay marriage v civil partnership: what's the difference?
Lesbiangaybisexualand transgender LGBT topics. Recognition of same-sex unions in Mexico and Same-sex marriage in Mexico City. Civil unions not performed. Asexual Bisexual Heterosexual Homosexual. For example, In some places, civil unions prevent the couple from the right to adopt a child.
On May 31,the Nevada legislature overrode Governor Jim Gibbons ' veto of a domestic partnership bill. Nevertheless, some of those in favour of legal same-sex marriage object that civil partnerships fall short of granting equality. In the majority of countries that established these unions in laws, they have since been either supplemented or replaced by same-sex marriage. Archived from the original on 28 September Legislation to allow same-sex marriage in England and Wales was passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom in July and came into force on 13 Marchand the first same-sex marriages took place on 29 March Wikinews has related news: