[JURIST] Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) [official website] signed a bill [SB 1716 materials] on Monday legalizing same-sex civil unions [JURIST news archive] in the state. The "Illinois Religious Freedom and Civil Union Act," seeks to provide "adequate procedures for the certification and registration of a civil union" as well as to provide "persons entering into a civil union with the obligations, responsibilities, protections, and benefits afforded or recognized by the law of Illinois to spouses." Additionally, it would allow…

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