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Concubinage

 

in Roman law, the cohabitation of a man and woman with intent to enter into matrimony, distinguished from formal marriage and regulated by law.

As a legal institution, concubinage arose under a law enacted in 18 B.C. establishing severe punishment for adultery. The law absolved from punishment only those men cohabiting with women whom they intended to marry but could not because of legal prohibitions. For example, marriages between men of senatorial rank and freedwomen were forbidden by law. Children born in concubinage had limited rights of inheritance and could be legitimized, unlike other children born out of wedlock, who were completely deprived of property rights.

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Bien que les Pays-Bas aient reconnu avant la Suede la qualite de concubins pour les partenaires homosexuels stables, cette reconnaissance ne provenait pas de la loi mais d'une creation jurisprudentielle.
Au-dela de la valeur symbolique de ce debut de reconnaissance timide des couples homosexuels, la loi n'offre aux concubins pratiquement aucun droit nouveau.
Or, malgre la constatation de la qualite de concubins pour les membres d'un couple homosexuel, le legislateur neerlandais, pour ne prendre que cet exemple, a estime necessaire de creer un cadre juridique de reconnaissance formelle des unions en question.