from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A legal union of a same-sex couple, sanctioned by a civil authority.
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- n. A legal union similar to marriage, established to allow similar rights to same-sex couples, and in some jurisdictions opposite-sex couples, as partners in traditional marriages have.
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- n. a voluntary union for life (or until divorce) of adult parties of the same sex
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I am not willing to have the state deny American citizens a civil union that confers equivalent rights on such basic matters as hospital visitation or health insurance coverage simply because the people they love are of the same sex-nor am I willing to accept a reading of the Bible that considers an obscure line in Romans to be more defining of Christianity than the Sermon on the Mount.