Gay civil unions in Illinois will happen within the next year when Governor Pat Quinn signs the bill and the law goes into effect next June. It’s about time.
Gay and lesbian couples have been denied their rights for far too long, and it’s something that needs to change. The issue has hit home for me because my own grandmother is a lesbian, and she can’t marry her long-term partner. They’ve been together for almost 10 years now, and they do all the things a married couple would do, but they can’t get married.
Why not? Because people have an outdated sense of morality. When two people love each other and support each other, that’s a beautiful thing, no matter what.
Yet, the legislation is controversial. Many people have been opposed to this bill because they say it’s a move toward same-sex marriages. That’s true, but there’s nothing wrong with that. To want to be married is a traditional thing. To want to promise to be there for another forever, to take legal responsibility for them, to want to be a permanent and stable relationship—these are all good things for society. It’s ironic that we’re trying to stop people from doing these things.
The next step for Illinois is same-sex marriages, and I hope they get around to legalizing that soon.
Kaneland High School