Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Same-Sex Unions Now Law of the Land of Lincoln
By Melissa Meinzer
on Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 11:05 AM
in both houses.
"We believe in civil rights, and we believe in civil unions," Quinn said at a signing ceremony
at the Chicago Cultural Center. "We believe in liberty and justice for all."
The law takes effect June 1 and says that any two unrelated adults of the same or opposite sex can enter into -- and, should they want to, dissolve -- a civil union. Civil unions, the law says, give the parties the "same legal obligations, responsibilities, protections and benefits afforded or recognized by the state of Illinois to spouses."
Illinois is now the sixth state to recognize civil unions. Within states across the country, municipalities like Pittsburgh and Eureka Springs, Ark., have been creating their own mechanisms
for recognizing unmarried couples for years. And in neighboring Iowa, same-sex couples are entitled to wed.
As expected, Illinois governor Pat Quinn yesterday signed off on a bill legalizing civil unions in that state.Two month ago, the measure
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.