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Illinois House Passes Same Sex Civil Unions Bill

November 30, 2010

 

After about an hour of discussion, the Illinois House on Tuesday evening approved legislation legalizing civil unions.

The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act — SB1716 — passed 61 to 52. The Senate is expected to also pass the bill and Gov. Pat Quinn has said he would sign it.

Supporters and opponents had been working furiously up until Tuesday to line up votes on whether the state should offer some kind of legal recognition to same-sex couples.

Civil unions would provide legal recognition of gay couples and give them some of the same benefits automatically available to married couples — the right to visit a sick partner in the hospital and make decisions about their medical care, for instance. But it would not be marriage, which is still defined by Illinois law as a union of one man and one woman.

via Illinois House Passes Civil Unions Bill | NBC Chicago.

The bill is expected to pass the Senate and the Governor has already publicly mentioned he’d sign it if it was brought to his desk.

One step closer to equality, one state at a time…

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