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Unformatted text preview: N ew York does not allow common law ma r r iage. S tates Permitting Common Law M a r r iage
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Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana and Oklahoma No, New York does not recognize gay marriage. D ifference Between Ma r r iage and Civil Union
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. What is a Civil Union? 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. Vermont civil unions were created in 2000 to provide legal protections to gays and lesbians in relationships in that state because gay marriage is not an option. The protections do not extend beyond the border of Vermont and no federal protections are included with a Civil Union. Civil Unions offer some of the same rights and responsibilities as marriage, but only on a state level. ...
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