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How we compare and contrast heterosexual marriage, cohabitation and gay civil...

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vfaraji2 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 25, 2009 at 7:43 AM via web

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How we compare and contrast heterosexual marriage, cohabitation and gay civil partnership?

How we compare and contrast heterosexual marriage, cohabitation and gay civil partnership?

 

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted April 18, 2010 at 7:21 AM (Answer #2)

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What it comes down to is legalization and rights. Obviously heterosexual marriage partners are guaranteed rights. People in cohabitating relationships--including gay and lesbian partners have less guaranteed rights. Let’s leave it at that because we all probably know gay and lesbian relationships that are more loving and healthy than some heterosexual relationships.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 27, 2011 at 7:16 AM (Answer #3)

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In some states, couples who have lived together for an extended length of time enter into common law marriages by default. In other words, they have the rights of married couples, to some extent. This includes community property, which means that property is shared. This is true only of heterosexual couples in most cases. Homosexual couples don't have the right to marry in most states, but civil partnerships are becoming more and more common. Often they accord the same rights as marriage, without using the term.

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