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Lt. Governor Simon celebrates first Illinois civil unions 

 
Festivities mark milestone for couples across the state

CHICAGO – June 2, 2011. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon celebrated with 32 couples in Chicago’s Millennium Park today as they entered into the state’s first civil unions.

June 1 was the first day that a civil union license could be obtained at county clerk offices throughout the state. By law, all marriage and civil union licensees must wait a day before a union ceremony may be performed. Illinois is the sixth state in the nation to recognize civil unions.

Simon said: “Today we honor the commitment and courage of those who worked to make this day a reality. We recognize the couples and families that are now protected under our state law. And we look forward to the day that other states and the federal government decide to celebrate with us and take this important step toward marriage equality.”