Hooray for Gov. Pat Quinn, who signed the civil union bill into law. This is long overdue, not just for same sex couples, but (not incidentally) for heterosexual couples, those in committed relationships who don't choose to get married.
I'm not a big proponent of gay marriage, just because I don't think we need to redefine marriage. Fact is, I'm not a big proponent of marriage in general (unless you're planning on having children), but I'm a big proponent of equal rights. And I think all couples - gay, straight, white, black, married or not - should have the same rights under the law.