New Hampshire and Civil Unions

An intriguing development:

Under [Senator Bob Clegg's] bill, two adults could go to a Justice of the Peace and affirm their decision to enter into a contract. The contract would be filed with the Secretary of State as are marriage licenses. Dissolving the unions would be similar to a divorce with the parties responsible financially for dependent children.

Clegg is a former Majority Leader in the state senate, and a Republican.