ILLINOIS GOVERNOR TO SIGN CIVIL UNIONS BILL TODAY
The following is an excerpt from a story by the Chicago Tribune:
“Gov. Pat Quinn this afternoon is scheduled to sign into law a measure that will legalize civil unions for same-sex couples for the first time in Illinois.
“The measure, approved last month during the General Assembly’s lame-duck session, would let gays and lesbians use civil unions as a way to enjoy several of the same rights as people who are married, ranging from sharing a nursing home room to being involved in dramatic end-of-life decisions.
“The law takes effect June 1 once signed. It also applies to heterosexual couples, signifying a step short of marriage.
“The bill signing ceremony is scheduled for late afternoon at the Chicago Cultural Center. Also expected to attend is Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, the measure’s House sponsor who is openly gay.”
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