This afternoon civil union legislation was signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn(pictured) at the Chicago Cultural Center. Quinn quoted Abraham Lincoln, saying, “We’re a government of the people, by the people, for the people, and it shall not perish from the earth.”
The legislation is cause to celebrate, but this is still not equality. Civil unions will provide most of the state rights that a marriage would, but not all. If these few rights didn’t matter, state governments wouldn’t be withholding them.
The new legislation will come into effect on June 1st, and gives gay and lesbian unions recognition before the state, as well as granting the power to decide an ailing partner’s medical treatment and the right to inherit property between partners.
State representative, Greg Harris, echoed this when he said, ” there is more work to be done…things can get better”, implying that his goal was to attain full equality via marriage.
This is a great step in the right direction, and hopefully we are on the path to equality.