Illinois General Assembly passes civil unions bill

December 01, 2010

Inga Sarda-Sorensen
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 — The Illinois Senate today passed a civil unions bill, which cleared the House yesterday. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign it.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

"Same-sex couples in Illinois today moved closer toward realizing equal treatment under the law. While not a substitute for full legal marriage, this measure provides important protections, rights and responsibilities to same-sex couples, and will help ensure they're able to take care of each other and their families. This is both fair and humane. We thank Equality Illinois and the many fair-minded people who advocated and fought for this bill. The lawmakers who voted for this legislation did the right thing, and we now look forward to the governor signing it into law."

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