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Quinn Signs Civil Unions Bill

January 31, 2011

Gov. Pat Quinn signed the civil unions bill into law today in a special ceremony. Hooray! Coverage here and here.

Governor’s Signing Event Announced

January 24, 2011

Gov Quinn has announced the details of his plan to sign the civil unions bill. The press release follows:

CHICAGO – Next Monday (Jan. 31), Governor Pat Quinn will sign the IllinoisReligious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act (SB1716) with guests and members of the public. With this law, Illinois joins the handful of U.S. states that have expanded recognition and rights to all families. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the signing of this historic legislation.


WHEN: January 31, 2011 at 4 p.m.


WHERE: Chicago Cultural Center

78 East Washington Street

Chicago, 60601


ADDITIONAL: Members of the public are invited to witness this historic occasion.

As space is limited, RSVPs to are encouraged.

Guests without an RSVP will be seated as space is available.

Event is open press.


Quinn to Sign Civil Unions on Jan. 31

January 22, 2011

Word on the street is the Gov. Pat Quinn will sign the civil unions law on Jan. 31 in the Chicago Loop in a public ceremony. An official announcement with more details should come soon.

Mayoral Candidates on LGBT Issues

January 21, 2011

Equality Illinois has just published the results of questionnaires from all of the leading candidates in the Chicago mayoral race regarding their stances on LGBT issues. Check it out.

Tell Obama to Support Marriage Equality

January 15, 2011

Sign this HRC petition to urge President Obama to state his support for marriage equality. It just takes a minute!

Will Military Equality Lead to Marriage Equality?

December 24, 2010

Dan Choi, a leader in the fight against "Don't Ask Don't Tell," with his boyfriend

Some historians say that the racial integration of U.S. military forces helped pave the way for the broader Civil Rights movement. Could the end of the military’s ban on LGBT soldiers have a similar effect?

It’s worth noting that in the wake of the passage of the the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” repeal both President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have signaled greater openness to the idea of marriage equality.

First Obama said that his view on the subject is “constantly evolving.”

And today, Biden called same-sex marriage “inevitable.”

Rahm Emanuel Supports Equality

December 16, 2010

Rahm Emanuel

Chicago Mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel just gave an interview to the Windy City Times in which he advocates for marriage equality, saying the following:
“I believe that gays and lesbians should be allowed to get married. That’s why I thought the civil unions [ are ] the right thing to do, but it’s only the first step toward an ultimate goal.”
Of course, marriage equality is not a matter that will be decided by Chicago’s mayor. Nonetheless, the strong support for LGBT equality from the leading candidate in the race is welcome. (Although there is a chance he could be disqualified from the race based on residency requirements, he is is polling far ahead of his competitors so far).
More on his positions on LGBT issues here.
More to come on the positions of the other mayoral candidates.

Gov. Quinn to Sign Civil Unions Bill in January

December 4, 2010

Gov. Pat Quinn signs a bill into law

Some of us are ready for Gov. Pat Quinn to sign the civil unions bill into law and make it official, but it’s still a few weeks away. The governor, who recently won re-election in a competitive race, has announced that he will sign the bill in a special ceremony early next year.

Daley Pushes for Marriage Equality

December 2, 2010

Outgoing Chicago Mayor Richard Daley praised the Illinois General Assembly for passing the civil unions bill, but said that it falls short of the full equality. The long-time mayor urged state leaders to give same-sex couples the freedom to marry next.

We’re a Step Closer to Making History

November 30, 2010

The bill still awaits action from the Senate and the signature from governor, but things are looking good. If passed, the bill will go into effect next year.

Here is a video of Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, ending comment on the bill today: