Connecticut became the third state to offer same-sex couples a legal way to unite, issuing its first licenses for "civil unions" Saturday in what seemed too low-key to be a milestone in a cultural fight that has divided the nation.
Here in Hartford -- where a rainbow flag hung outside City Hall and the clerk's office opened for special Saturday hours -- 26 couples came in to get licenses for the unions, which offer the same benefits as traditional marriage under state law.
The law here also includes a provision, added to satisfy conservatives, that explicitly defines the term "marriage" as only between a man and a woman.
Some are dissatisfied that they cannot "marry", but I'd say this strikes a balance; if you live together, have a committed relationship, and are now recognized by the state and accorded the same rights under the law as a "married" couple, what (besides the label) is the real difference?
I'm personally for allowing outright marriage between same-sex couples; however, given the intense resistance this brings up with
Unfortunately, as with legal same sex unions/marriages in Vermont and Massachusetts, these unions carry no federal government recognition. But in time that, too, shall change.