The challenges facing civil unions in Illinois

December 1, 2010

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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In 2004 same-sex couples attempted to apply for marriage licenses at the Cook County Clerk's office.

As lawmakers at the federal level prepare to review policy around gays in the military, Illinois legislators made a move on another gay rights front. On Tuesday state representatives voted to allow same sex couples to enter into civil unions.

But does the law afford the same rights and protections that come with legal marriage and how difficult will it be to uphold? For answers, Eight Forty-Eight turned to Camilla Taylor. Taylor is the senior staff attorney in the Midwest regional office of Lambda Legal, a national organization working for gay rights.


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