The Associated Press is reporting that Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois could legalize civil unions before the end of 2010.
Wikipedia’s post on civil unions compares civil unions to marriage. “Civil unions can often come under other terms such as registered partnership and civil partnership. [C]ivil unions under one name or another have been established by law in many developed countries in order to provide same-sex couples rights, benefits, and responsibilities similar (in some countries, identical) to opposite-sex civil marriage. In some jurisdictions . . . civil unions are also open to opposite-sex couples.”
According to the Associated Press, Quinn said in an interview with the suburban Chicago newspaper Daily Herald that the Illinois civil union measure has enough votes to pass during the legislature’s fall veto session.