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Ill. Senate Approves Civil Unions for Gay Couples

Wednesday, 01 Dec 2010 06:54 PM

 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate has approved civil unions, putting the state on the verge of granting official recognition to gay and lesbian couples.

The measure passed 32-24 Wednesday. It now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, a strong supporter.

Civil unions would give gay couples many of the same rights as marriage — for instance, the power to make medical decisions for a seriously ill partner.

Critics say this would amount to same-sex marriage under a different name.

Some senators argued the Legislature shouldn't be discussing civil unions when Illinois faces a massive budget deficit that should get lawmakers' full attention.

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The bill is SB1716.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov

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