Does Texas recognize civil unions?
A domestic partnership agreement is a legal agreement but it is not a marriage, a common-law marriage, or a civil union. Texas does not currently recognize any of these unions.
What is a civil union in Texas?
A civil union is a legal relationship between two people that provides legal protections to the couple only at the state level. A civil union is not a marriage, though. Civil unions do not provide federal protections, benefits, or responsibilities to couples, and a civil union may not be recognized by all states.
What are same sex unions?
A civil union (also known as a civil partnership) is a legally recognized arrangement similar to marriage, created primarily as a means to provide recognition in law for same-sex couples. Civil unions grant most or all of the rights of marriage except the title itself.
Can a man and a woman be in a civil union?
DOMA defines marriage as "a union between one man and one woman," under federal law, according to the U.S. House of Representatives. So while civil unions offer some of the same rights and responsibilities as marriage, they vary from state to state and apply only on a state level.