A bill to allow civil unions in the state gets its first hearing in the senate later today. The measure would give same sex couples the equivalent legal protections as heterosexual couples. It touches on issues such as division of assets, hospital visitation, and end of life decision making. Bente Birkeland examines its chances of passage as part of our weekly capitol conversation series.

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