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Timeline of same-sex marriage in Illinois

March 31, 2014|By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz | RedEye

RedEye looks at Illinois’ long road down the aisle to same-sex marriage. 

July 1, 2000

Vermont becomes the  first state to adopt civil unions.

May 17, 2004

Massachusetts becomes the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Feb. 23, 2007

State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) introduces the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act, which outlines the formation of a civil union. Bill dies.

Oct. 1, 2009

State Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) introduces the Equal Marriage Act to recognize same-sex marriage.

Nov.-Dec. 2010

Illinois Legislature greenlights civil unions.

Jan. 31, 2011

Gov. Quinn signs civil union legislation.

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