texan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4241 posts, RR: 53 Posted (3 years 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1448 times:
Illinois becomes the next state to pass some sort of civil union legislation. It passed the House by a 61-52 vote and should be passed by the Senate and signed into law by the governor tomorrow. Way to go Illinois!
Mir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 20488 posts, RR: 56 Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1262 times:
Quoting OA412 (Reply 3): Excellent news! Hopefully we'll start seeing more of this.
I hate to say it, but hopefully not. There are still some rights that this bill does not grant that heterosexual marriage enjoys, and that's not enough. I understand the idea that something is better than nothing, but I worry that this will be seen as a solution, and thus make people think that the problem is solved, when in reality it's just an incremental step.
I've long said that the only real equality is when gays can get married, not just get civil unions. But I would have still been okay with this had it kept the idea of civil unions but granted the exact same legal rights as marriages. But it doesn't even go that far, so I'm left feeling kind of lukewarm about it.
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