Wednesday, June 1, will become a landmark day for gay rights in Illinois as the state's civil unions law takes effect, allowing both same-sex and heterosexual couples to enter into civil unions granting them many rights already afforded married couples.
On Jan. 31, Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act, which was passed by Illinois lawmakers in December. The passage of the law was the culmination of years of work by openly gay State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), who first introduced the legislation in March 2007.
"All I hear about are couples who are so excited about planning their event, about sharing this with their family and friends," Harris told the GateHouse News Service. "It's a whole new world for Illinois, and I think it's a good thing."
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