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> ... I have become so accoustomed to the
> use of the word "partner" in media discussions of the same-sex civil
> union/marriage debate that I no longer feel comfortable using it in a
> business context. For me, partner now equates with homosexual relationships
> of long duration.
>

This is true for me as well, in most contexts, to the point that when
referring to my ex business partners as "partner(s)" I would always precede
with "business".