Originally Posted by Conservative
1. Many States busy passwing amendments a decade ago banned BOTH Civil Marriages and Civil Unions. Here is the way my State worded it:
Section 15-A. Marriage.
That only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions. This Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage. Nor shall this Commonwealth or its political subdivisions create or recognize another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage.
2, Even with Civil Unions in some states, they often don't function the same under State law and no Civil Unions are recognized by the Federal government.