Ill. gov. says civil unions are good for economy

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Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn says it would be good for Illinois’ economy if lawmakers, when they return to work in Springfield, passed legislation allowing gay couples to form civil unions.

In an Associated Press interview, the Chicago Democrat said he hopes lawmakers will tackle the civil unions bill proposed by openly gay state Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago.

Quinn called it a “good” bill and said Harris was close to having enough support to pass it.

Quinn won re-election as governor on Nov. 2 by fewer than 20,000 votes. His opponent, right-wing Republican Bill Brady, had vowed during the campaign to veto civil unions legislation if he was elected governor.

Quinn said allowing civil unions sends companies the message that Illinois has laws that respect the diversity of the state.

Harris, who was still counting votes to see if enough support was there, said Quinn’s win will help. Lawmakers who may still be on the fence can look to the victory of Republican U.S. Senator-elect Mark Kirk, who also supports civil unions, Harris said.

“People sense there is really movement for this. This is not gay marriage,” Harris said.

From WiG and AP reports

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