Please, before you attack me like a piece of meat thrown into a pack of wild dogs, hear me out.....
Some of us don't agree with legalizing gay "marriage." It is our belief that marriage is an institution entered into by members of the opposite sex for spiritual and emotional reasons.
That said, some of us, while not agreeing with gay "marriage" fully support gay civil unions, outside of a religious setting. I firmly believe that two individuals who live a life together and love each other similar to the way a married couple would should have every LEGAL right that the married couple has.....hospital visitation, power of attorney, inheritance rights, tax breaks, etc.
I personally entered into marriage as a sacrament. It was an action precipitated by love and religious belief. Gay "marriage" is not a sacramental possibility. But the last time I checked, the LAW does not govern a person's sacramental life.
So, domestic partnerships? Hooray! Legal gay civil unions - similar to common law marriages? By all means.
That's my take on the issue, for what it's worth.