ADL Applauds Governor Quinn for Signing Monumental Civil Unions Bill Into Law

Chicago, IL, January 31, 2011 ... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) applauds Illinois Governor Pat Quinn for signing the monumental Civil Unions Bill into law, which is taking place this afternoon at the Chicago Cultural Center.

The bill will allow all Illinois citizens to enter into relationships that will have the protections and benefits that Illinois law affords to married couples. These benefits, which can affect adoption rights, family leave, health insurance, tax deductions, civil actions related to spousal status, and emergency medical decision-making and hospital visitation, are critical human rights. Providing these benefits to all classes of citizens regardless of their sexual orientation marks a significant step towards equal rights.

"Today we celebrate the hard work of advocates and legislators, and specifically Representative Greg Harris, who worked tirelessly on this bill for several years to ensure all citizens are afforded the rights and privileges of married couples," said Lonnie Nasatir, ADL Regional Director of the Chicago/Upper Midwest. "This is a proud day for the state of Illinois as we have recognized a fundamental inequality and taken steps to remedy it."

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.