Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Bell–a Republican–signed a bill yesterday, legalizing civil unions in her state. Marriage without the name, these civil unions will be invested with practically all the benefits and protections granted to marriage. Connecticut becomes the first state to adopt civil union legislation without being ordered to do so by a court. Gov. Bell was proud of this, saying that it “certainly bodes well for Connecticut that we didn’t have to be ordered to do this.” It bodes ill for civilization, but this governor seems unconcerned about all that. After all, she is sure to get a positive reaction from the liberal press. See coverage in The New York Times. Meanwhile, California Democrats endorsed same-sex marriage at their annual convention. See coverage at 365gay.com.