Report: Illinois Civil Union Vote to Happen Around Noon

The latest from Springfield:

Illinois 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.

“They have a full-court press on, and we have a full-court press, too,” said David Smith, executive director of the Illinois Family Institute.

Civil unions would provide legal recognition of gay couples and give them some of the same benefits automatically available to married couples — the right to visit a sick partner in the hospital and make decisions about their medical care, for instance. Backers consider it a matter of fundamental fairness, but critics argue it would amount to gay marriage under another name.

Supporters say they’re close to having the 60 votes needed to pass the measure, SB1716, in the House. If it passes there, backers think the Senate quickly would follow suit and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn would sign it into law.

I'm hearing reports that the civil union vote in the House will be called around noon – Central time.

You can watch here (if you have Windows).


  1. Joanie says

    They’re currently discussing whether or not to legalize medical marijuana or something like that.

  2. Damen says

    Civil Unions might not be revolutionary, but only a handful of states even have them today. The ones on tap here in IL are very strong too, not like the domestic partner registries that are in NV, CO, and WI.

    This is a strong legislative step in the right direction.

  3. says

    Party like it’s 2000 to be precise. (It seems like it was longer ago than it was.) The bad thing about CUs is that they are not equal to marriage. The good thing is that they help pave the way towards marriage while providing practical benefits to those who need them now. So I hope this passes while the fight for true equality continues.

  4. John says


    The domestic partner registry in Nevada is modeled after similar laws in Oregon and California, so it is actually fairly strong. It is not equality. But it is significantly better than what they have in Colorado, Wisconsin, and Hawaii. Although Hawaii might upgrade to civil unions after Republican Gov. Laura Lingle leaves office in January. It is in Governor-elect Abercrombie’s official legislative agenda.

  5. Rep says

    Hmm. I must have missed something. I turned on the feed and got one of the legislators asking people to buy his book. (Not kidding.) Hopefully the civil unions vote will be soon.