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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.

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.

Equality Illinois Joins Push for Veto Session Vote

November 18, 2010

Equality Illinois has now also joined the push for a veto session vote on civil unions as soon as possible. Gov. Pat Quinn, who recently won re-election, has committed to signing the bill into law if it is passed by the Legislature. The group also posted full information about the bill.

As part of their effort to pass the bill, Equality Illinois gathered hundreds of signatures from supportive clergy and lay people from churches and synagogues across the state. It is not too late to add your name and show that people of faith support fairness and equality for all.

Equality Illinois Endorses Quinn for Governor

August 8, 2010

The Windy City Times reported that the Political Action Committee of Equality Illinois has endorsed Pat Quinn for re-election as governor. Equality Illinois is the state’s leading LGBT advocacy organization. The group announced its endorsement when Quinn appeared at Northalsted Market Days, a street festival in Chicago.

The Windy City Times reports that Quinn reiterated his commitment to signing a civil unions bill into law and said he believes that the bill can be passed this year. The endorsement can not have been a difficult decision. Quinn’s opponent, State Sen. Bill Brady, has stated his opposition to LGBT rights in general and has advocated amending the state’s constitution to restrict marriage to opposite-sex couples.

Hawaii Governor Vetoes Civil Unions Bill

July 6, 2010

Gov. Linda Lingle, Hawaii

After months of deliberation, Gov. Linda Lingle of Hawaii, has vetoed a bill that would have granted civil unions to same-sex couples in that state. The civil unions bill would have granted nearly all the state-recognized rights of marriage to same-sex couples.

The state will continue to grant a “reciprocal beneficiaries” arrangement to same-sex couples. The state first passed its reciprocal benficiary law in 1997. Reciprocal beneficiaries have access to a limited number of rights and benefits on the state level, including inheritance rights, workers compensation, the right to sue for wrongful death, health insurance and pension benefits for state employees, hospital visitation, and healthcare decisionmaking. Hawaii’s RBR status also offers partners the option to jointly own property.

Supporters of marriage equality in Hawaii have pledged to continue their struggle in the wake of this devastating defeat.

It is worth noting that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has pledged his support to sign a civil unions bill into law if it is  passed by the legislature.

Show your support for the civil unions bill by signing the Allied for Equality petition now.

Governor Again States Support for Civil Unions

May 31, 2010

Gov. Pat Quinn

The governor has stated his support for civil unions for same-sex couples (and his opposition to same-sex marriage) before and he has said it again. The Chicago Tribune recently asked him about the question, along with questions about other social issues. The contrast between him and his Republican opponent, Bill Brady, is clear, so we need to pass this bill before Brady even has the chance to come into office.

His consistent message shows that we have a real possibility of legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples this year. He will sign the bill into law if we can get it passed by the legislature. You can read the full text of the bill introduced by Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, here. The bill currently has thirteen co-sponsors.  

I remember how amazed I was when a few states first began to legalize civil unions more than ten years ago. Things have changed a lot since then. Now, five states Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont – plus the District of Columbia have full marriage equality for same-sex couples. Another three states – New York, Rhode Island and Maryland – do not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but honor the marriages of same-sex couples performed in others states. And nine states offer civil unions or domestic partnerships. As a result of these changes, civil unions – once quite controversial – now represents a moderate position. It was the position supported by most of the Democratic candidates for president in 2008, including Barack Obama. While full marriage equality is our ultimate goal, a civil unions law is achievable in Illinois this year.

If you support the passage of this bill, please sign on to the petition for clergy, religious leaders, and members of religious congregations. Your voice can make a difference!