Monday, January 31, 2011
Illinois Gov. to sign Civil Unions into law today
will sign the recently passed Civil Unions bill today at a signing ceremony at the Chicago Cultural Center at 4pm.
With Quinn's signature Illinois becomes the twelfth U.S. state or district to grant legal recognition to same-sex relationships through either civil unions or marriage.
"It is great for Illinois and the advancement of true equality," state Rep. Deborah Mell (D-Chicago) told ChicagoPride.com. Mell made an emotional plea to her colleagues as the civil union bill was coming up for a vote.
"I am thrilled the the governor is signing this important bill into law," said Equality Illinois co-founder and long time gay rights advocate Rick Garcia. "This bill brings us one step closer to full Equality in Illinois."
The new law becomes effective June 1, 2011.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 9:00 AM