LGBT Panelists Highlight The Need For Illinois Marriage Equality

By Ellyn Fortino

On paper, civil unions in Illinois ensure a variety of protections for same-sex couples, such as hospital visitation and inheritance rights.

But as LGBT panelists at an ‘out in the suburbs’ forum pointed out Thursday evening, many same-sex couples who have their relationships recognized by the state still face major difficulties in situations where they should be protected under the law.

For example, some individuals have been barred from giving medical consent for their partners or have been asked to produce a civil union license at in-state hospitals, explained speakers at the forum held at the Wilmette Public Library and sponsored by Links, a North Shore LGBT youth support organization.

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