With SB 12, the bill to legalize

, defeated in the Senate last month, now would seem to be a pretty glum time for those seeking such partnerships and their allies. Little steps, though, even semantic ones, are good ones. Though many in favor of same-sex partnerships  eschew the terminology "marriage" for pragmatic reasons, Merriam-Webster dictionary has now embraced the term, according to

. In fact, the dictionary of AP-following newspapers everywhere simply added a new definition to its first entry on "marriage."

Semantics does little to change the status of domestic partnerships and the benefits implied therein, but at least its not another step backward.

PS, sorry about this YouTube clip and WorldNetDaily, but you gotta take what you can get.