Friday, December 03, 2010

IL Civil Unions Law, so Now to "Gay Marriage"

Now that newly elected Democrat Gov. Quinn successfully "twisted arms" in the legislature to pass the Civil Unions SB1716, against the will of the Illinois citizens whom they represent, the chant has begun to enact full-blown same-sex "marriage."

UPDATE 5/11/12: Governor Quinn, follows Obama, proclaiming demand for Illinois gay "marriage" law

UPDATE 2/1/11: Governor Quinn signs civil unions bill at gala event

-- From "Civil Unions Advance in Illinois" by Monica Davey, New York Times 12/1/10

Illinois lawmakers on Wednesday approved legislation allowing civil unions in this state, and the governor has indicated he will sign it, making Illinois one of only a handful of states to grant to same-sex couples a broad array of legal rights and responsibilities similar to those of marriage.

Opponents complained about the timing of the vote (during a fall session before newly elected legislators arrive) and said they feared civil union legislation might ultimately harm the institution of marriage. “This will be the entry to a slippery slope,” Ron Stephens, a Republican state representative, said. “The next thing we’ll see will be consideration of gay marriage.”

In Illinois, where Democrats dominate both state legislative chambers (and will next year, even after new lawmakers are seated) the votes were split: 32 to 24 in the State Senate [vote tally .PDF here] on Wednesday, and 61 to 52 in the House a day earlier [vote tally .PDF here].

Supporters of gay rights widely praised Illinois’s decision, but many said the eventual goal remained legalizing same-sex marriage, not a separate civil union system.

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From "Daley wants state to 'move faster' on gay marriage" by Fran Spielman, City Hall Reporter, Chicago Sun-Times 12/2/10

After a historic vote legalizing civil unions this week, Mayor Daley on Thursday welcomed the Illinois General Assembly into “this new century” and urged lawmakers to “move faster” — and legalize gay marriage.

“Finally, they realized they should have the same rights under state law. But eventually, [gay] marriage will take place. It has to. . . . We have to move faster,” the mayor said.

“These are great citizens. They’re a tremendous resource for us in our great city. I’m very proud of the relationship that I had with them over many years. And it’s really important for us to move forward. These are people [who] have families. These are people [who] work in every sector of our society. They should not be discriminated against in any way whatsoever,” he said.

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