Illinois House Passes Civil Union Bill

The Illinois House has approved a civil union bill 61-52. It now moves on to a Senate vote. Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign it if it passes the Senate.

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  1. Congrats to Illinois residents, best wishes.
    NOM can stick it.

    Posted by: Joe | Nov 30, 2010 7:43:16 PM

  2. Thank openly gay State Rep Greg Harris for his tireless efforts on this bill he introduced. While it certainly does not extend full equal rights to the gay citizens of Illinois, it chips away at the Defense of Marriage bill passed years ago. The Illinois Senate is expected to quickly concur with this bill and the newly re-elected Gov Quinn is expected to sign it into law in short order. A little does of equality every now and then does the body good...onward and upward. Thanks Greg..

    Posted by: ChicagoMike | Nov 30, 2010 7:58:43 PM

  3. I am happy as a resident of IL for this. The Democrats actually have a larger majority in the State Senate than in the House.

    I have my fingers crossed (and dialing the senators) for this one!

    Posted by: filgee2 | Nov 30, 2010 7:59:44 PM

  4. Uh oh, this is going to threaten Peter LaBarbera's heterosexual marriage even more than his pornography collection and bizarre obsession with homosexuality.

    Posted by: yay illinois | Nov 30, 2010 8:42:26 PM

  5. It is expected to pass the Senate easily. The House vote was always the hurdle.

    Wish I was out celebrating in Boystown tonight with you Illinoisans :)

    Posted by: Damen | Nov 30, 2010 9:03:42 PM

  6. Very happy, very proud. Thanks, Greg Harris.

    Posted by: JeffRob | Nov 30, 2010 9:13:28 PM

  7. Congrats Illinois! Hopefully we out here in Hawaii will be close behind you!

    Posted by: HawaiiBill | Nov 30, 2010 9:59:44 PM

  8. Go Illinois!!! Congratulations to The Land of Lincoln!

    Posted by: ichabod | Nov 30, 2010 10:12:43 PM

  9. I'm very proud of my home state. Congratulations, Illinois!

    Posted by: JKW | Nov 30, 2010 10:24:07 PM

  10. " “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,” Harris said. "

    No, actually, you don't have a chance today to do that last part (about treating citizens equally). You have a chance to take a step in the direction toward lessening the still unequal treatment.
    It's as if they're voting on whether blacks should be allowed to go to medical school: "Well, how about we just let them be hospital orderlies for a lesser salary than doctors and not the same responsibilities?"
    That's not "equal," but it's movement.

    But I don't want to pick too much on the semantics of the positive spin when it is definitely a positive step.

    Looking at the numbers in the vote, my first thought was: "Without looking, let me guess: Nearly all Democrats in favor and nearly are Repugs against?"

    Posted by: GregV | Nov 30, 2010 11:00:31 PM

  11. Actually, six republicans crossed over and voted yes. They basically all represent moderate suburban areas.

    There were some Democratic defections, coming from Southern Illinois and some blue collar areas around Chicago.

    Posted by: Damen | Nov 30, 2010 11:31:21 PM

  12. Excellent point, Damen. Democrats have had commanding majorities in the IL General Assembly forever and a lock on the Governor's office. It took moderate Republicans to get this done.

    Not all Democrats are our friends. Not all Republicans are evil -- particularly here in IL.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Dec 1, 2010 11:56:24 AM

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