As we noted yesterday, an Illinois House Committee passed and sent to the floor a measure that would create civil unions in Illinois -- granting critical legal protection and responsibilities to gay and lesbian couples (as well as opposite sex couples) in our state. We are hopeful that the full house will pass the measure and send it to the Senate for final approval.

Last night, University of Chicago Law School Professor Geoffrey Stone wrote a piece for Huffington Post commenting on yesterday's Committee action. It is strong, indeed. Just consider this passage:

What were the four representatives who opposed the Act thinking? After all, we let murderers, pedophiles, drug dealers and rapists get married. But they don't want to let people who love and care deeply for each other, people who have led good and decent lives, even to have civil unions - because they are gay? What could they possibly have been thinking?

You can read the full article at the Huffington Post.