Earlier today, the New Hampshire Senate passed a civil unions bill by a vote of 14-10. The bill, which has already passed the House, now goes to the Governor, who has already vowed to sign it.
Yesterday, the Iowa legislature became the 10th in the nation to pass a bill outlawing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Notably, the bill passed with lopsided, bipartisan majorities in both the House (59-37) and the Senate (34-16). The governor is expected to sign the bill, which makes it illegal to discriminate in employment, housing, public accomodations, credit, and education.
And in Oregon, a Senate committee voted to pass a domestic partnership bill by a vote of 3-1. If the bill becomes law, domestic partnerships would afford same-sex couples all of the state-level rights, benefits, and responsibilities of marrriage. It is, in effect, civil unions by another name. (Which is legal marriage, by another name. Except it isn't, exactly.)