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Illinois To Allow Civil Unions Between Same-Sex Couples

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It may not be MARRIAGE, but it's def a major step in the right direction!

Starting next year, Illinois will allow civil unions between same-sex couples based on House legislation passed today.

The vote in favor of legalizing same-sex civil unions spurred debate on legalizing gay marriage in the state, but unfortunately supporters haven't been able to jump that hurdle quite yet.

Here's what Rep. Greg Harris had to say about the new legislation by the House:

“We have a chance today to make Illinois a more fair state, a more just state, and a state which treats all of its citizens equally under the law. We have a chance here, as leaders have had in previous generations, to correct injustice and to move us down the path toward liberty."

Here's what Rick Garcia, political director of gay rights organization Equality Illinois, had to say about the bill's passage:

“I think it was telling that as the bill was being discussed the governor came out onto the floor and got a standing ovation. We’ve taken a huge step toward fairness. We are thrilled.”

Here's what Bob Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, had to say about the bill's passage:

"Marriage has religious connotations that we are not addressing, we are talking about equality under the law of Illinois…This permits certainty for those that are in committed relationships."

Boo to that, Bob! Obviously we're happy with the bill's passage, but now let's take that next step and legalize gay marriage in Illinois!


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36 comments to “Illinois To Allow Civil Unions Between Same-Sex Couples”

  1. 1

    Yay for progress in IL!! :D

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    Very sad to see the horrible development in same sex marriage!!
    This nasty ass sniffers are mentally disturbed and need medication, not marriage!!
    Homosexuality is something we all need to punish with death to reduce spreading!!
    They are a disgusting life form of a virus that must be stopped….burn in hell all you weak mentally deranged assholes!!!
    The truth will prevail!!

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    While this is a step in the right direction I think it is eerily similar to separate but equal. If Illinois wants my praise it will join Vermont, Mass., Connecticut, Iowa, and New Hampshire with marriage EQUALITY.

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    News flash,anyone not married by the clergy is in a civil union. Marriage is on it's way out and civil unions will be the norm so gay people will be ahead of the game in the long run.

  5. timo says – reply to this


    Re: truthabove – wow! and you're attitude will give you a seat in "hell" as well.

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    Re: timo – Sorry, i work for heaven!
    Prove that homosexuality is genetic…..impossible!!
    Ergo, its in your mind…..ergo,a mental sickness!!
    There is something fundamentally wrong…..if you dont understand this easy math you are a very stupid person!

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    Re: truthabove – I'm sorry. I didn't see anywhere in the bible it says we need to kill people for their life choices. You are the one that needs help and medication. You need to spend a little more time paying attention in church.

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    Re: truthabove – You're stupid, for the same arguments you use to defend yourself bc heterosexuality is not genetic either. SO if you're going to use biology to make a point at the very least make a valid one or else just don't say anything at all. You're completely entitled to your OPINION but at least explain yourself in an educated and respectful manner, and if you're so anti-gay then what are you doing on a gay man's website? If you don't like what he's about then go somewhere else.

  9. 9

    Re: BitchyBoo18
    Dear, God!! You are a huge idiot!!
    The bible clearly say : Sex between men must be punished by death!!
    Go and read the bible, asshole!!!

  10. 10

    Re: supa_chik
    I am here to show people the way to the truth!!
    May God have mercy on all ass sniffers….even though they dont deserve it!!
    You are a whore!!!

  11. 11

    Re: truthabove – wow…i love how when people 'quote' the bible they forget certain passages…such as "judge not and ye shall not be judged." musta missed that part. idiot. i'm pretty sure you are doing an injustice to God, so just do Him a favor…and shut the fuck up. Just sayin….

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    I am from Illinois and you are all invited to my reception!!!!

  13. @v@ says – reply to this


    It appears to legislate equality under the law, while letting the heteros keep the 'marriage' term sacrosanct for man-woman unions.

  14. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: truthabove – Research the actual origins of the text in the present day bible.

  15. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: truthabove – If you follow the bible, then you should know that God judges, not you; and HE metes out the punishment, not you or your 'WE all need to punish with death…" so you know what the bible says about false prophets.

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    I'm not totally caught up on all the politics and what not, but I was under the impression that marriage is religion based so technically can't the government not legalize it?
    and truthabove, calm down, cuz I'm pretty sure we've learned from day one in CCD that God loves everyone and to treat others as you would like to be treated. Homosexuality may/may not be right but we're not supposed to have hate in our hearts.

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    Re: truthabove – I guess it takes one to know one ;) . Thank you so much for proving how much of an imbecile you are. Have a nice day!

  18. 18

    yay I live in il and am not gay but i am so excited to live in a state that is finally moving forward

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    Re: truthabove – YOU ARE A SICK IGNORANT PIECE OF SHIT. You should burn in hell because you are closed minded fuck.

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    Being gay is a genetic disorder. It's not normal and not meant to be. Religiously or scientifically. Being gay is a mental disorder. Bad wiring and a chemical imbalance that causes people to be attracted to the same sex. Scientifically speaking a straight person is -superior- over a gay person. Simply because that person was born with bad corrupt genetics. Being gay is not normal. Society should not have to accept abnormal with wide open arms. Things that piss me off most about the gays is all this DADT and Marriage BS. We have people dying over there. Gay or straight and all these guys care about is being able to openly serve? Theres a million and one bigger problems in the world than that whole DADT/Marriage thing. DEAL with it. You're a minority. Why is it so important for DADT to be lifted? For attention and special treatment. That is it. You don't see heteros running around proclaiming their love for the opposite sex. So why do gays have to proclaim their love for the same sex..PSH

    Like I said, The biggest part that pisses me off with gays is that they think they have power, They expect things to always be ruled in their favor. They are a minority. The amount of man power/money/time that has been put into this crap when theres bigger issues in the US/World is nauseating.



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    "Obviously we're happy with the bill's passage, but now let's take that next step and legalize gay marriage in Illinois!"

    Whoa, let's slow it down here. What the article does NOT mention is that there was a lot of opposition to this. In my area (only an hour from Chicago) when our local newspaper talked about this on the front page, there were a lot of people who wrote or called in and complained that the paper was even covering this on page 1. One idiot actually wrote in, "There any of them around here, so why are you talking about them." My point is, sure it would be great if any legal adult was allowed to marry any other legal adult, but we need to have evolution, not revolution. If they had tried to go for gay marriage first, no way would it have passed. After a few years of civil unions, then the bigots in the state might see that it's not as bad a concept as they feared.

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    Re: NookiesWA – People like you truly make me sick. Who in the hell are YOU to make these determinations about other people?? Unless you can show some viable proof about what you're talking about, keep your god damn mouth shut and mind YOUR OWN BUSINESS! Or is your life too boring that you have to make horrible commentary on the lives of others? I would guess the latter.

    With that said, same-sex marriages usually ARE civil unions, unless their religion is willing to accept them into the same classification of "marriage". But we must remember that "marriage", the very meaning of the word, is a union between a man and a woman. There is NOTHING that says a man and a man can't have a civil union and be joined together that way - it's just the same as marriage in my opinion. But you have to respect a religion's right to not see it that way - that's part of their religion. So yes, I think gay people should be able to be in a lawful and equal relationship as I may have with someone, but I can see where a religion like Catholicism won't marry them. Who cares anyhow? Go get yourself a justice of the peace, have a wedding, and throw a big party! You'll be officially "married" and have the same rights as straight married people. That is all gay people want, really - equality - and they should have it.

  23. 23

    and as a non-christian, let me say this - nothing would please me more than for the "rapture" to happen, and to see Jesus shaking his almighty fist at those of you who hate your fellow man, and still claim to be one of "his followers" as he sends you straight to your "hell".

    "I like your Christ, but I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." - Gandhi

  24. 24

    yeah all ya gay hattin Bi*ches are just gonna "rot in HELL", along with us gays like u say, for being so closed minded! its not mental. and you talk about ass sniffers, what is that? dont guys go down on girls? and girls go down on guys? why cant a guy go down on a girl, or a girl on a girl? u really dont make sense, cuz technically, your an ass sniffer too! LFMAO! not all gays are whores, and druggies, thats just a steriotype people put on us.

    God has a plan for all of us… and this is our plan just like its your plan! so just get over it and be happy that we are happy! idk why people cant just accept that! i believe in God, and i believe in everything the Bible has to say, but i am still gay, so idk what ur thinking…

    what im thinking is that you all haters are just jealous that some of us, like myself, have found love… and wanna get married and have the same rights as everyone else in this world.

  25. 25

    First of all I think that this is fantastic and that gays should have the same rights as married couples.

    on the other hand… marriage isn't a law thing, it is a religious thing. its not up to the state to decide if gays can get married, it is up to the church which is private and has the right to follow the bible.

    this isn't a matter of seperate but equal, but a matter of seperation from church and state and I think that if certain religions choose to have gay marriages then that is there decision and they should go for it, but seeing as churches are not a public and not under the governments control that they have the right to not allow gay marriage.

    personally, I don't think being gay is a choice but something you are born with. but I think civil unions are as much rights as the government should be able to bestow.

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    Re: NookiesWA – I LOVE YOU!!!

  27. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: NookiesWA – Being gay is a genetic order, or an order of genetics; not a 'disorder.' It just is. Being physically born gay exists. It also exists in the animal world. Gays could just as easily say straights are a genetic disorder, when it's simply another variety of mammal with a specific sexual proclivity being born. DADT seeks equality. Anyone who blocks equality from another group because of their sexual orientation should examine their internal motives. I have no dog in this fight.

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    Re: truthaboveRe: NookiesWA
    The American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the National Association of Social Workers state:
    In 1952, when the American Psychiatric Association published its first Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, homosexuality was included as a disorder. Almost immediately, however, that classification began to be subjected to critical scrutiny in research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. That study and subsequent research consistently failed to produce any empirical or scientific basis for regarding homosexuality as a disorder or abnormality, rather than a normal and healthy sexual orientation. As results from such research accumulated, professionals in medicine, mental health, and the behavioral and social sciences reached the conclusion that it was inaccurate to classify homosexuality as a mental disorder and that the DSM classification reflected untested assumptions based on once-prevalent social norms and clinical impressions from unrepresentative samples comprising patients seeking therapy and individuals whose conduct brought them into the criminal justice system.
    In recognition of the scientific evidence, the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from the DSM in 1973, stating that “homosexuality per se implies no impairment in judgment, stability, reliability, or general social or vocational capabilities.”

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    After thoroughly reviewing the scientific data, the American Psychological Association adopted the same position in 1975, and urged all mental health professionals “to take the lead in removing the stigma of mental illness that has long been associated with homosexual orientations.” The National Association of Social Workers has adopted a similar policy.
    Thus, mental health professionals and researchers have long recognized that being homosexual poses no inherent obstacle to leading a happy, healthy, and productive life, and that the vast majority of gay and lesbian people function well in the full array of social institutions and interpersonal relationships.

  30. 30

    "And you'll know the Christians by their love."

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    As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Romans 14: 1-23

  32. 32

    I wanna come!! :D How much fun would that be?!

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    Re: madonnalvc – I wanna come! How much fun would that be?! :D You could introduce me as your friend Laura, who you were introduced to by Perez! lol

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    Re: AttFinch – Fake studies to control and dumb down people. Violence against gays were very high at that point in time so they decided to do that. It's a disorder.

    Remember what all of those -government- funded studies said about marijuana..That its very very bad for you. Who's died from that? BS study is BS.

    It's a disorder. It's like cancer. People really are getting dumber.