WBEZ | Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act http://www.wbez.org/tags/illinois-religious-freedom-protection-and-civil-union-act Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en With civil unions law, State Rep. Deb Mell pushes for gay marriage http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/%5Bfield_program_ref-title-raw%5D/civil-unions-law-state-rep-deb-mell-pushes-gay-marria <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//marraige equality city hall.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Next Monday is a big day for many gay rights activists; Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign into law the state&rsquo;s new civil union bill. The bill will allow same sex couples to enjoy many of the same benefits and protections that marriage provides, but some say that&rsquo;s not enough.<br /><br />Illinois state <a target="_blank" href="http://www.debmell.org/">Rep. Deb Mell</a> says she still plans to travel to Iowa where gay marriage is legal to marry her fiancée. She joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to explain why. Rep. Mell is a Democrat representing the north side of Chicago's 40th district in the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ilga.gov/house/">Illinois House of Representatives</a>.<br /><br />Gov. Quinn is expected to sign into law the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=1826&amp;GAID=9&amp;DocTypeID=HB&amp;LegId=30661&amp;SessionID=51">Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act</a> at the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/supporting_narrative/attractions/dca_tourism/Chicago_Cultural_Center.html">Chicago Cultural Center</a> in the Loop on Monday.</p><p><em>DJ Chris Widman Music Button: Telefon Tel Aviv, &quot;Your Mouth&quot;, Immolate Yourself (Bpitch Control)</em></p></p> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 15:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/%5Bfield_program_ref-title-raw%5D/civil-unions-law-state-rep-deb-mell-pushes-gay-marria