"Yes, we've come a long way. Yes civil union is something I should accept, but all I'm asking for is equal rights." After taking a year off to gauge the reaction to the state's landmark 2005 civil-union law, gay activists and civil libertarians are now ready to campaign for full marriage rights. They say the civil-union law — although it was written to provide the same benefits to committed same-sex pairs that married heterosexuals enjoy — falls short in providing full constitutional protections enjoyed by Connecticut's married couples. Legislative supporters say the proposal will at least receive a public hearing and possibly a vote in the powerful Judiciary Committee, which would then bring it to the House and Senate for debate. Connecticut, proponents say, should become the first state to approve a universal-marriage law for gays and straights alike, without the kind of court order that in November 2003 changed marriage law in Massachusetts to include same-sex couples.