Illinois Gov. signs historic civil unions law

CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn, saying it was a “day of history,” signed legislation Monday legalizing civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, making Illinois one of about a dozen states that extend significant legal protections to same-sex couples.

About 1,000 people crowded into the Chicago Cultural Center to watch Quinn, a Democrat, sign the measure that supporters call a matter of basic fairness and opponents decry as a threat to the sanctity of traditional marriage.

“We believe in civil rights and we believe in civil unions,” Quinn said before signing the bill to a roar of cheers and applause.

The law, which takes effect June 1, gives gay and lesbian couples official recognition from the state and many of the rights that accompany traditional marriage, including the power to decide medical treatment for an ailing partner and the right to inherit a partner’s property.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Benoit/1847313267 James Benoit

    Isn’t Illinois going BANKRUPT because of “progressive”/liberal/socialist policies? THIS is a priority?

    That said, a civil union is really just a contract, I really don’t have an issue with any two people entering into a contractual relationship, even crazy and generally doomed “same sex” issues.

    Illinois has MUCH BIGGER FISH to fry, but – of course, they’ll deny reality and HOPE & WISH for an Obama BAILOUT to save their a$$.

  • independentvoter

    This Governor is such an @$$ since in IL there are NO CIVIL UNIONS for those of OPPOSITE sex’s.. THAT is discrimination.. this is nothing more than to to again break down traditional families.. Since we are looking to move out of the state no problem.. first I moved out of the city (CHICAGO)I was born and raised in because of the left wing nuts now it will be the state.. well no big deal there are NO happy memories of the GREAT STATE this use to be, until the progressives ruined it..

    • clw

      I won’t be far behind you. I detest far left-wing crazy Illinois.

      • mapletree

        Texas welcomes you and is a great place to live. Many more people here with sensible values. The liberal rust belt of America will decay itself into dust with its failed socialistic policies.

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  • clw

    The legal priveleges of civil unions are long overdue. It’s non-sensical to think otherwise. I don’t see it as a threat to marriage.

    Marriage was, is, and always will be, a union between a man and a woman.

    • ojfl

      It makes sense clw. But many do not agree.

      • clw

        THAT’S a FACT! LOL! :)