This bill has been approve by the Illinois Human House service committee, and will be voted by the full House very soon. The state legislature has many and is control by democrats, and there is a democratic Governor. So this Civil unions bill has a really good chance of becoming law, and giving same-sex couples rights the same as hetersexual couples have in civil marriage.
HB1826 guarantees many of the rights and responsibilities to persons in civil unions that are currently granted to persons in civil marriages. Among those rights are the ability to participate in healthcare visitation and decision making for one's partner, survivor benefits and the right to make disposition decisions about deceased partner's remains.
The bill also affirms religious institutions' right not to recognize such unions or to solemnize a civil union.
"While this bill does not provide for recognition of same-sex marriages in the State of Illinois, it does give gay couples legal recognition and many of the same benefits and responsibilities of marriage," said Rick Garcia, political director of Equality Illinois. "It is a step in the right direction for full equality in Illinois."
"Lambda Legal applauds the bill's authors for addressing some of the serious threats that same-sex couples face everyday when they can't get married. By not even offering the most basic protections, Illinois views same-sex couples, some together for decades, as strangers under the law. The way to correct this injustice is to treat all of us fairly and equally-by allowing committed same-sex couples to marry. But until we reach the goal of marriage equality, efforts such as House Bill 1826 help reduce the harms to loving families by offering some critical legal protections that help our state take better care of all our citizens."
Personally i'm glad to see the state of Illinois starting to uphold the principles of our U.S Constituion that everyone deserves rights, to be protected, benefits for their families, and to be equal as put forth by our U.S Constitution!
This is a paraphrase of Mrs. King support of Marriage Equality for the LGBT community.
Mrs. Cornetta Scott King said " Gay and Lesbian people have families. They deserve rights and protection through marriage or civil union. A marriage amendment will not protect traditional marriage at all! She's right it's clearly gay-bashing at it's finest. She saw through the smoke screen of bigotry, and called it out!
God bless her! A true pioneer for human rights, just like her husband. As a african-american myself i always wanted to meet this brave woman because of her courage we have gotten this far, but like Mrs.king said "there is still much work to be done, in eliminating bigotry, and discrimination".
The religious "wrong", and certain other individuals will not be happy with this.
Well like i said discrimnation can only last so long. I know some of them get pleasure out it, and that's too damn bad! This bill will become law, and it's a step to full equality! It's a new day in the state of Illinois!