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Watch: Awesome Video of the First Civil Union in Illinois


Earlier I posted a photo of the first couple in line for a civil union in Cook County, Illinois at the Daley Center in Chicago. Now, here's video of that couple, Lakeesha Harris and Janean Watkins, having their application processed, as well as lots of couples filing out and being congratulated.

Also, another clip of Roseann Szalkowski and Barb McMillan, who have asked for a marriage license from DuPage County for the past seven years.

It's a step, and a sweet one. Now give us the true equality we deserve!




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  1. Wow....everyone really seemed to be supportive of those folks. A truly wonderful moment.

    Posted by: Talisman | Jun 1, 2011 1:52:55 PM

  2. Awesome. Love how everyone is watching with smiles.

    Posted by: taiwandroo | Jun 1, 2011 2:00:27 PM

  3. it's really great that these folks can now enter into a brand-new institution created just so certain people can feel comfortable about calling gay marriages socially inferior.

    Posted by: jdb | Jun 1, 2011 2:35:22 PM

  4. HOW SWEET!!!

    When do we get our own drinking fountains and restaurant sections??

    Posted by: Rick Gold | Jun 1, 2011 3:10:14 PM

  5. That’s one small step for 4 women, and one giant step for equality. The first step in obtaining full civil rights for all Americans.

    Posted by: Ray T | Jun 1, 2011 3:19:28 PM

  6. @ Rick Gold: SHHHHH!! Dont say anything! Just drink from the fountains and eat where you want in the restaurants. Whatever you do, don't tell anybody you're gay. In all likelihood nobody will ask and then you can eat and drink like normal Americans, no problem.

    Posted by: Danny | Jun 1, 2011 7:44:50 PM

  7. how utterly mundane and how absolutely wonderful. god bless them.

    Posted by: james | Jun 1, 2011 8:08:46 PM

  8. How wonderful!! What's with these sour grapes- it is PROGRESS! And in the right direction!

    Posted by: Lis | Jun 1, 2011 9:48:56 PM

  9. on the plus side ... it is a perfect test a year from now to show that they now have a legal 2nd class system that can be challenged in the courts as being unconstitutional ... a cleaver stepping stone to full rights

    Posted by: MarkBoston | Jun 1, 2011 11:10:42 PM

  10. Danny and Ricky Gold...SHUT THE F*CK UP!

    Posted by: chris dachocolatebearcub | Jun 2, 2011 1:34:26 AM

  11. I love how organized that employee is! And how sweet everyone is to the newly married couples.

    Posted by: rb | Jun 2, 2011 9:59:51 AM

  12. Still, civil unions are a SECOND-CLASS institution.

    Posted by: rb | Jun 2, 2011 10:00:56 AM

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