Argument: Civil unions give gays equal benefits w/o changing marriage laws
- Debate: Civil unions vs. gay marriage - pro argument.
"Civil unions a vital compromise". The Columbia Chronicle. March 16, 2009: "the Illinois Religious Freedom and Protection Civil Unions Act (HB 2234) passed a House committee and is now on its way to the House floor, potentially making Illinois the first state in the Midwest to legalize civil unions. [...] If the bill were to become a law, it would be a simple, but highly effective solution in allowing same sex couples the same benefits, rights and responsibilities of a marriage without changing Illinois marriage laws."