Could civil unions be a 'slippery slope' to gay marriage?(ChicagoTribune)
Both before and after Illinois lawmakers voted in favor of a civil unions bill, opponents argued that such a law would create a "slippery slope," sending the state sliding unhindered toward the legalization of same-sex marriages.
That's an argument gay-rights advocates are happy to concede.
"I've had someone stand up and say, 'This is a slippery slope, and what you really want is equal marriage,'" said Rick Garcia, public policy director for Equality Illinois. "And I looked him right in the eye and said, 'On this, we agree.' We have never been shy about our support for equal marriage rights."
With the passage last week of a civil unions bill that Gov. Pat Quinn has promised to sign into law, Illinois activists on each side of the marriage issue must now look ahead to whether civil unions will be good enough, or whether they bestow upon gay and lesbian couples a legally unacceptable "separate but equal" status.
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