Parliament in New Zealand is likely Thursday 9th December to pass the Civil Unions Bill; this will permit gays to formalise their relationships and enjoy the benefits currently available only to married couples. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that there will be no last minute delays (or delaying tactics) mounted by those opposed to this legislation.
UPDATE: (Thursday 9DEC04 14.15 GMT) Yes! The legislation has passed, by 65 votes to 55. Naturally this legislation will impose responsibilities, as well as grant rights - a pretty fair trade-off.