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Civil Union Ceremonies Held At Chicago’s Millennium Park

35 same-sex couples were unionized before a crowd of hundreds in a large Civil Union Ceremony At The Millenium Park in Chicago.

The Associated Press reports:

A couple together for nearly half a century, two TV chefs and an official in new Mayor Rahm Emanuel?s administration were among the 35 gay couples who were joined in civil union ceremonies Thursday in a downtown Chicago park after a new Illinois law recognized their relationships.

?Never thought it was going to happen,? said 79-year-old James Darby, who was legally joined to his partner of 47 years in a ceremony presided over by Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans.

Thursday was the first day that couples could have a partnership service officiated after getting their civil union licenses a day earlier. The law went into effect Wednesday but, like traditional marriage licenses, couples are required to wait until the next day to execute them. The public ceremonies were hosted by the City of Chicago?s Commission on Human Relations and other groups.

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