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What is civil marriage?

Civil marriage is a state-recognized institution that provides 1,049 federal rights and responsibilities, as well as hundreds of more state rights and responsibilities, including inheritance rights, hospital visitation rights, joint ownership and spousal support, joint tax returns, joint parenting and child support, joint insurance, joint pension and other benefits, joint decision-making, and exemption from property transfer taxes.

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