Civil unions and domestic partnerships may seem like they are the same as marriage without the title, but in many states and countries that grant civil partnerships the protections and benefits given are far less than that of full marriage. The number of rights
granted varies by location
Some states, such as New Jersey, do provide registered civil union couples with the same protections as married couples. However, in most cases the numbers of rights given is less than full marriage. Here are the key differences between marriage and civil unions
, including tax relief, medical decisions and immigration rights.