Quick Hit Wednesday June 1st, 2011, 3:07pm

Couples Talk About What's Next After Civil Unions (VIDEO)

By 9 a.m. this morning, there were over a hundred couples lined up in Chicago's Daley Center, joyous and relieved to finally get their hands on a civil union license.

Progress Illinois spoke to a few of those couples who were all pondering the future of their lives together -- thinking of everything from buying houses and filing taxes together to adoption.

At the reception hosted by the Cook County Clerk’s Office, with flowers, cake and even Frank Sinatra music playing in the background, many couples gave shout-outs to openly-gay state Rep. Greg Harris for his efforts in pushing the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act that has finally seen it’s fruition today. The bill, passed in November by a 61-52 vote in the House and signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn in January, entitles civil union partners to the same legal treatment given to heterosexual spouses under Illinois law. With the new law now in effect, couples can get their civil union licenses at their local county clerk’s office and must wait one day before their ceremony can take place.

Despite the celebration of the law going in effect today, many acknowledged the hard road ahead for true equality -- federal rights for their civil unions, gay marriages, and starting a family with gay adoptions. Hear what some of the first same-sex couples in Chicago to get their civil union licenses had to say about what’s next for them:


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