Nonetheless there are two related developments that you may have missed over the holiday season.
First, the good news. Illinois approved a civil union measure called The Illinois Religious Freedom and Civil Union Act in late November. The bill is expected to be signed in the near future. The new law will allow same-sex couples to enjoy spousal benefits though under civil union instead of marriage recognition.
And in terms of bad news, WCL's very own Nancy Polikoff reported on the Beyond (Straight & Gay) Marriage blog that New Mexico's Republican Governor may repeal domestic partner benefits. Domestic partner benefits, which were established by former Governor Bill Richardson by executive order, are currently available to same-sex and opposite-sex couples. The issue is in litigation, and is due for a Ninth Circuit hearing on February 14. We'll have to wait and see.