Same-sex couples eagerly await first day of Illinois civil unions

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May 23, 2011

"Advocates of gay and lesbian rights say the civil union law is a historic moment worthy of celebration, but they stress that it in no way marks the end of their work.

"...Camilla Taylor, an attorney with Lambda Legal in Chicago, a group that helped draft Illinois' civil union bill, said full marriage rights are the end goal, and she expects that having civil unions will highlight some of the problems of creating a separate, marriagelike classification.

"'It's not sufficient to segregate same-sex couples into an inferior status,' Taylor said. 'One of the big problems with doing that is it invites private bias. It sends a message that the government considers these families inferior in some way.'"