GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press
MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. - In the early 1990s, Christopher Bellis, wary of shocking people, introduced the men he was dating as his "friends."
Now, he and Eddie Bennett, who have been a couple since 1995, are considering replacing the word they usually use for each other - "partner" - with "spouse" or "husband."
New Jersey's new law creating civil unions, signed Thursday by Gov. Jon Corzine, gives same-sex couples many of the rights of marriage. Now, gay couples are weighing not what civil unions mean, but what to call them.
Some gay couples refer to entering into a civil union as getting "civilized" or "unionized."
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