[JURIST] The Connecticut Senate [official website] Wednesday voted 26-8 to approve legislation that would allow civil unions [SB 963 bill summary] for same-sex couples but specifically defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The Connecticut House [official website] has already approved the bill [JURIST report] and the measure will now go to Governor M. Jodi Rell [official website] for her signature. Rell has said she will sign the bill, making Connecticut the second state, after Vermont, to allow civil unions. AP has more.
5:48 PM ET – Wire services are reporting that Governor Rell has now signed the bill into law.