Civil unions bill moves to Ill. House floor Chicago Tribune
Posted on March 6, 2009
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill – Supporters of gay marriage say 2009 could be the year Illinois seriously considers establishing civil unions, but opponents say the pendulum of public support is swinging the other way.
A bill giving gay couples the right to form civil unions squeaked through a legislative committee Thursday. It would not legalize same-sex marriage, but it would give gay couples many of the legal benefits of marriage.
Rep. Deb Mell, who is gay, said 648 state laws — on topics from inheritance to health care — help married couples.
“I find it very strange that I can be elected to the General Assembly and vote on rules and laws, but these don’t apply to me and my family,” said Mell, D-Chicago. “We’re not protected.” See Civil unions bill moves to Ill. House floor Chicago Tribune
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