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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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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

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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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