Today is a good day for our state.
At a ceremony in Chicago, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a bill creating civil unions for couples, including gay and lesbian couples, in Illinois. The Governor acted after the law was adopted by the Illinois House and the Illinois Senate last month.
The ACLU has been working on this legislation since it was first conceived in 2006. Over the years, we have played a key role in writing the legislation, conducted polling in support of the bill, orchestrated a comprehensive grassroots program to encourage legislators to vote for the bill and deployed members and leaders of the organization to lobby members in Springfield.
Read the ACLU statement on today’s historic activity on our website. We are grateful to the Governor for moving Illinois one step further on the road to full equality.