Out there in Illinois, the Illinois General Assembly is expected to vote on same-sex civil unions legislation. It is expected, of course, to be a very close vote, though Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan expects lawmakers to approve the bill, and the governor has voiced his support for civil unions.
I'm a bit ambivalent about this. I think if we start getting civilly unionized, or whatever you call it, then people will say we don't need marriage; to me, civil unions are still back of the bus. If Americans, straight Americans, can marry whomever they love, then gay Americans should be able to do so as well.
To me, it's just that simple.
Now, don't get me wrong, civil unions are nice, but they still feel less than. Some people are married, you know, most people, but others aren't because they can only have civil unions. It's different, and different is less than. See, straight couples have the option of marriage or civil union, gay couples do not.
Back of the bus.
And, if civil unions are legalized in Illinois, well, don't take that to mean that gay marriages performed elsewhere will be recognized, because that won't happen. The bill will provide the same spousal rights to same-sex partners when it comes to surrogate decision-making for medical treatment, survivorship, adoptions, and accident and health insurance.
Nice, but still, not good enough.
For me, it should be marriage; equal marriage only.
This is just marriage-lite. And I won't be spoon-fed this crap.