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Quinn: Illinois could legalize civil unions this year

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks during an interview with The Associated Press Monday, Oct. 4, 2010 in Chicago. The Chicago Democrat will be running against Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady on Nov. 2. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato) By Kiichiro Sato Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks during an interview with The Associated Press Monday, Oct. 4, 2010 in Chicago. The Chicago Democrat will be running against Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady on Nov. 2. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato) By Kiichiro Sato
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks during an interview with The Associated Press Monday, Oct. 4, 2010 in Chicago. The Chicago Democrat will be running against Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady on Nov. 2. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato) By Kiichiro Sato Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks during an interview with The Associated Press Monday, Oct. 4, 2010 in Chicago. The Chicago Democrat will be running against Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady on Nov. 2. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato) By Kiichiro Sato
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks during an interview with The Associated Press Monday, Oct. 4, 2010 in Chicago. The Chicago Democrat will be running against Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady on Nov. 2. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato) By Kiichiro Sato Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks during an interview with The Associated Press Monday, Oct. 4, 2010 in Chicago. The Chicago Democrat will be running against Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady on Nov. 2. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato) By Kiichiro Sato

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn says he believes civil unions could be legalized in Illinois before the end of the year.

Civil unions are agreements that give gay and lesbian partners legal rights and responsibilities when it comes to issues such as property ownership, adoption and emergency health care decisions.

During an interview with the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald, Quinn said he believes the measure has enough votes to pass during the legislature's fall veto session.

Quinn calls himself a strong advocate of civil unions and says it comes down to a "need to encourage tolerance" in Illinois.

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