First, kudos to Illinois legislators for passing a law recognizing same-sex civil unions. This is the way states should go about recognizing gay relationships, through the legislature, not the courts.
But, the bill’s chief sponsor in the state House, state Rep. Greg Harris was wrong to include different-sex couples in this new law’s protections. Such couples already have an option for recognition of their unions: marriage.
Still, while an imperfect bill, it is a step in the right direction.