“Resistance to giving me the birth certificate,” I texted my wife Tuesday from the brightly lit basement office of Cook County’s Office of Vital Records.I was there to pick up our son’s official papers, vital for a million real world things, like a passport.
Illinois State Representative Deb Mell says she plans to marry fiancée Christin Baker in Iowa, despite the likely passage of a civil unions bill next year. “We’re thrilled and grateful, obviously,” Mell said about the law. “But we really want that marriage license.”
Updated At: 2:05pm on 12/01/2010 by City Room and Associated PressThe 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.
Sometime this week – possibly even today -- Illinois may make history by passing a civil unions law that will grant same sex couples all the rights of marriage except one: the ability to call their union what it really is.Governor Pat Quinn favors same sex marriage but backs civil unions as wh