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civil unions in IL?

Wednesday, 21 March 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

This may be important to some folks…

An Illinois House committee passed a bill today (March 21) that would extend legal recognition and many of the benefits of civil marriage to same sex couples.

The Religious Freedom and Civil Union Act (HB1826) passed the Illinois House Human Services Committee with a vote of 5-4 today. The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.
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.

  1. Thursday, 22 March 2007 at 1:59 pm

    Interesteing that this article points out that there is also an affirmation that there are “…religious institutions’ right not to recognize such unions…” Now, as it stands currently, religious institutions are NOT required to affirm any union. So, what relevance does the religious aspect have on whether or not civil unions pass? Is marriage in this country so wrapped up in what is touted as Christian religion/Christian marriage that one cannot conceive of marriage in any other way?

    Side note: Is every marriage Christian or even religious in nature? If not, then why is marriage tied to a sense of morality??? Just some thoughts…

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