Illinois Legislature Approves Civil Unions For Gay Couples
A victory for LGBT activists in Illinois tonight.
Gay-rights activists celebrated as the Illinois Legislature voted to legalize civil unions for gay couples Wednesday. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has pledged to sign the “Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act” after the state Senate approved it 32-34.
Legalizing civil unions would give gay and lesbian couples recognition and provide them many of the benefits available to married couples, such as the right to visit a sick partner in the hospital and the power to make decisions about their partner’s medical treatment.