A measure that would establish civil unions in Illinois passed out of the state's House Youth and Family Committee March 5. Under House Bill 2234, same-sex couples, widows and widowers would receive the same fundamental legal rights to care for their loved ones and the same protections and freedoms that other citizens enjoy.
State Rep. Greg Harris, the chairperson of the committee and the sponsor of the measure, said in a statement that "this is legislation about fairness and establishing equal rights for everyone in our great state. At the heart of the debate over this bill is a fundamental question: Do the people that this bill applies to deserve the same rights as evreyone else? The answer is 'absolutely.'"
HB2234 creates the Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act. The measure is now is awaiting further consideration before the entire House. For more information and the seniors/civil-unions issue, and to hear true stories of Illinois seniors working for the passage of civil-union legislation, please visit www.civilunionsillinois.org .