Illinois Senate approves civil unions for gay couples - KMOV.com

Illinois Senate approves civil unions for gay couples

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois Senate has approved civil unions, putting Illinois on the verge of granting official recognition to gay and lesbian couples.
   The measure passed 32-24 Wednesday. It now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, a strong supporter.
   Civil unions would give gay couples many of the same rights as marriage -- for instance, the power to make medical decisions for a seriously ill partner.
   Critics say this would amount to same-sex marriage under a different name.
   Some senators argued the Legislature shouldn't be discussing civil unions when Illinois faces a massive budget deficit that should get lawmakers' full attention.
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   The bill is SB1716.
   Online: http://www.ilga.gov
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