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Illinois Allows Civil Unions For Same-Sex Couples

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posted on Feb, 1 2011 @ 07:33 AM
Illinois is the 16th state to give spousal rights to same sex couples.

Both houses of the Illinois legislature narrowly passed the measure that takes effect in July, though it does not alter a state law that limits marriage to a man and a woman.

The new law does give gay couples new rights normally reserved for spouses regarding such things as hospital visitation, making health-care decisions, and matters concerning probate of a partner's estate.

It's about time IMO. Not being allowed to make some of life's most important decisions concerning a loved one is awful.

"Illinois is taking an historic step forward in embracing fairness and extending basic dignity to all couples in our state," said John Knight, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Project of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.

The phrase of "extending basic dignity" gets me here. Recieving basic dignity should be everyone's right. Not something that is celebrated because it has been denied to a group of people for so long.

Opponents of the Illinois law said allowing civil unions opened the way to gay marriage.

One can only hope.....

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edit on 2/1/2011 by Kangaruex4Ewe because: (no reason given)

posted on Feb, 1 2011 @ 08:26 AM
There is a Thai restaurant located near the distribution center for the Chicago Reader.

In the Chicago Reader, there's a column by Dan Savage, uber homo, who, while doling out advice on all things sexual, never fails to write about how much he loves to sniff his mate's pheromones. It makes me realize, over pad thai (exquisite pad thai) and a perusal of this writer's mind set, just how far ahead of other places Illinois is at being on the cutting edge. Like the Wizard remarked in 'Taxi Driver', oh, California, they're miles ahead of anyone out there....

We have elected officials trying to sniff out our online purchases, retroactive to 2004, and TAX US for them.
They already have the data. It's what they intend to do with it that's sickening. Buzzer sound. These guys are out.

Then they floated a temporary tax increase on income tax, which is only for a few years, and then it comes back to a lesser, but permanent, increase. This passed. You can throw the bums out, but the damage they drafted remains.

I hope the civil union thing doesn't trounce on the rights and desires of the switch hitter set. It seems the gays always conveniently leave these sort out when laws are set up 'to protect' their rights.

posted on Feb, 1 2011 @ 04:48 PM
So I am wondering. Does this mean that straight couples can get a civil union instead of a marriage?

posted on Feb, 2 2011 @ 12:07 AM
reply to post by rogerstigers

We have "common law marriage" here, where if you live together for a certain length of time you are considered husband and wife.

But having a will is always a good thing. Given how often the government changes their mind and how crazy some families act in desperate times a will is the best option IMHO. Always better safe than sorry.

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