difference between civil partnership and marriage
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07 Mar 2006 22:22 PST
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what is the difference between civil partnership and marriage?
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Re: difference between civil partnership and marriage
From: gr8boy-ga on 17 Mar 2006 19:23 PST
In the country of Denmark the difference is as follows: A marriage is entered in a church of an officially recognized religion in front of a priest. Whatever is said or happens during the ceremony depends on the religion of the specific church. At the end of the day the priest will ship off documents to a central registry indicating that the two parties are now officially married. A civil partnership (called civil marriage in Denmark) is entered at the town hall in front of the mayor or an assistant appointed by the mayor. This procedure has no religious aspect - you are simply asked to identify yourself, sign some papers, and off you go. Here it is the town hall that sends off documents to the same central registry indicating that the two parties are now officially "married". The civil partnership gives you the same legal rights as a church marriage - but is not associated with religion at all. The obove refers only to heterosexual couples. Gay people are contrary to popular belief not able to marry in Denmark in front of a priest. They are referred to entering a "registered partnership". The "registered partnership" is entered in exactly the same way as a "civil partnership" between heterosexuals - at the town hall in front of the mayor. The "registered partnership" gives gay people the exact same rights as straight people - with one exception; they can not adopt third party children. They can on the other hand adopt each others children. So for example two lesbians with their own children can become the legal parents of these children. I guess a short answer could be: "Marriage is a religious bond between two people as well as a social contract in the eyes of the law. A civil partnership is just a social contract in the eyes of the law."
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