The short answer is that it might depend on that state in which you live or get married. Many states have introduced legislation to either specifically acknowledge same sex marriage, or at least recognize same sex “domestic partnerships” or “civil unions.” (For instance, see the laws in California, Vermont, New Jersey and Connecticut recognizing “domestic partnerships” or “civil unions”). However, while a domestic partership or civil union brings with it many of the same rights associated with being married, they do not bring all of the same rights. If you live in of the states that recognize a “civil union” or a “domestic partnership” you better consult with a lawyer before you pull the trigger. Many couples enter into these agreements without fully understanding what they are getting themselves into. Like a divorce, a break-up from a civil union or a domestic partnership can raise many different legal issues.
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