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Civil Rights

Ministers Denounce Comparison Of Dr. King, Gay Rights

Several dozen clergy members from around the Chicago area are denouncing a new law that grants civil unions to same-sex couples in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–01/17/2011

Civil Unions

ACLU Expects Few Problems For Civil Unions

The head of the Illinois American Civil Liberties Union says she expects few problems as Counties prepare to issue certificates for couples seeking civil unions.

WBBM Newsradio–01/14/2011

Civil Unions

County Clerks Update Forms For Civil Unions

Since state lawmakers have approved civil unions, county clerks in Illinois have some changes to make.

WBBM Newsradio–01/06/2011

State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Ill.)

Magazine Honors State Rep. For Civil Unions

State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Ill.), the architect of the successful effort to legalize civil unions in Illinois, has been named Person of the Year by Gay Chicago Magazine.

CBS Chicago–12/28/2010

James Meeks at Ann Sather's Restaurant

Meeks Courts Gay Voters In Lakeview

Mayoral candidate James Meeks tried to reach out to gay and lesbian voters on Wednesday, exactly one week after voting against historic legislation to legalize civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.

CBS Chicago–12/08/2010

James Meeks

Meeks Defends ‘No’ Vote On Civil Unions Law

State senator and Chicago mayoral candidate James Meeks is defending his vote against Illinois’ civil unions bill.


Same Sex Marriage

Gov. Quinn Will Sign Civil Unions Bill Next Year

Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday that he will wait until the new year to sign legislation that legalizes civil unions for same-sex couples in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–12/03/2010

Daley On Civil Unions

Daley Calls For Full Same-Sex Marriage Rights

Mayor Richard M. Daley says he hopes the state’s approval of civil unions for same-sex couples will eventually lead to full marriage rights.

CBS Chicago–12/03/2010

Gay Pride Parade, 2008

The Gay Rights Movement In Illinois: A History

The vote in favor of civil unions is one in a long string of achievements for the gay rights movement in Illinois, going back nearly 90 years.

CBS Chicago–12/02/2010

Civil Unions

Civil Unions Bill Goes To Governor’s Desk

A measure approving civil unions for same-sex couples is now on Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk, and he’s promising to sign it.

CBS Chicago–12/02/2010

Same Sex Marriage

Critics & Backers On Same-Sex Civil Unions

It’s almost a done deal: Illinois allowing same-sex unions. The state Senate passed the civil unions bill Wednesday. The governor gets it on Thursday. CBS 2′s Kristyn Hartman spoke with critics who say it cheapens traditional marriage, and backers who say it’s one step closer to gay marriage.

CBS Chicago–12/01/2010

Gay Rights

State Senate Approves Civil Unions

The Illinois Senate has approved legislation that would legalize civil unions for same-sex couples in Illinois, sending the proposal to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has lobbied in support of the measure.

CBS Chicago–12/01/2010

Gay Rights

UPDATED: Illinois Senate Debating Civil Unions

The Illinois Senate has begun debating a proposal to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–12/01/2010

Same Sex Marriage

Ill. House Approves Legalizing Same-Sex Civil Unions

The Illinois House has approved a measure to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples.

CBS Chicago–11/30/2010

Same Sex Marriage

UPDATED: State House Begins Debate On Civil Unions

The Illinois House has begun debating a proposal to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples.

CBS Chicago–11/30/2010

Gay Rights

Sides Lobby Hard On Ill. Civil Unions Bill

Supporters of civil unions scrambled Monday to line up the final votes they need in the Illinois House, while opponents worked just as hard to block the measure in a lobbying duel that features competing religious leaders, constituent calls and e-mail blitzes.


Gery Chico

Chico Joins Campaign For Civil Unions

Mayoral candidate Gery Chico is joining gay rights activists in contacting state lawmakers and urging them to pass a bill for civil unions.

CBS Chicago–11/29/2010

Same Sex Marriage

Vote On Civil Unions Could Come Next Week

A vote by state lawmakers on a bill that would legalize civil unions for same-sex couples could come as soon as Monday, reports say.

CBS Chicago–11/24/2010

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

Speaker Madigan: ‘Good Chance’ For Civil Unions

The top Illinois House Democrat laid favorable odds Tuesday that a push to give gay and lesbian couples the right to unite through civil unions would be approved by his legislative chamber.

CBS Chicago–11/17/2010

Same Sex Marriage

Illinois Legislators To Tackle Civil Unions

As they begin their lame duck session Tuesday, Illinois state lawmakers are expected to tackle the issue of whether the state should recognize civil unions for same-sex couples.

CBS Chicago–11/16/2010