New Hampshire’s civil unions law goes into effect.

Approximately 100 couples united under New Hampshire’s new civil unions law that went into effect yesterday, making it “the fourth state to allow civil unions of same-sex couples.” With the new legal status, these couples will receive access to family members’ medical care, coverage under state-regulated family health plans, and the ability to transfer property to one another without paying taxes.

UPDATE: On Dec. 28, at the behest of a conservative legal group, a federal judge in Oregon “temporarily blocked” a same-sex civil unions law passed last year by the Oregon Legislature that would have gone into effect yesterday