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Good news for future Illinois equality

Timothy Kincaid

September 26th, 2012

The good people of Illinois have been enjoying the benefits of civil unions for over a year now. And they are appreciative for the hard work and careful deliberation that got them there. But no one ever believed that “almost kinda equal” was the end goal and so the hard work continues.

And here’s some good news that holds promise for the future. In a three way race between, full equality, civil unions, and “but the Pope said”, marriage is pulling ahead: (the Southern)

The poll by Southern Illinois University’s Simon Public Policy Institute found that 44 percent of voters support legalizing gay marriage. That’s up 10 points from two years ago.

Nearly one-third of voters said they back civil unions for gay couples.

Only 20 percent oppose any legal recognition of same-sex couples.

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Hunter
September 27th, 2012 | LINK

Everyone, from the governor on down the line, has been very open that civil unions were only the first step toward full equality. It’s indicative that the anti-marriage forces had to fish around downstate to find someone to defend civil unions against an equal protection suit, because neither the AG nor the Cook County State’s Attorney, where the suit was filed, would do it.

I’d guess Illinois will join the equal marriage states within the next two years. (Oh, and a note to NOM: our voters’ referenda are advisory only — they have no binding force on the legislature. And the last two attempts to get anti-marriage referenda on the ballot, under the leadership of Peter LaBarbera, have failed — the last one didn’t even get enough signatures to file. LaBarbera had to go out and get another job.)

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