CIVIL UNIONcivil union. Family law. A marriage-like relationship, often between members of the same sex, recognized by civil authorities within a jurisdiction. ? Vermont was the first state to recognize civil unions. In December 1999, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled that denying gay couples the benefits of marriage amounted to unconstitutional discrimination. Baker v. State, 744 A.2d 864 (Vt. 1999). Several months later the legislature passed a civil-unions law, which took effect on July 1, 2000. ¡ª Also termed civil partnership. Cf. DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP; same-sex marriage under MARRIAGE(1).
How do bilingual lawyers in China usually translate the term CIVIL UNION?