Oregon is about to become the seventh state to offer civil unions to gay couples, including all the rights and privileges of marriage except one—the title.
AP via Los Angeles Times:
SALEM, ORE.—A bill giving Oregon’s gay and lesbian couples the benefits of marriage through domestic partnerships won legislative approval Wednesday.
The Senate endorsed the measure 21 to 9, sending it to Gov. Ted Kulongoski. The governor supports gay rights, and he said he would sign the bill along with one passed earlier to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.