The Prairie State today became the sixth state in the nation to approve civil unions for same-sex couples. Again, no direct impact for animal law here, but I think it's a good sign when states recognize an expanding circle of rights as a general matter.
Read more about today's events in Illinois in the Chicago Tribune.
On a related note, a bill that would legalize civil unions for same-sex couples passed the Hawaiian Senate this past Friday. It's very similar to a bill that made its way through the Hawaiian legislature last year, only to be vetoed by the then-Republican governor. This time around, Hawaii's governor is a Democrat...
Read more about that pending measure in LGBTQNation.