From This Day Forward: Portraits of Love

Civil unions for same-sex couples were legalized in Illinois on June 1—a day that launched celebration, action, and overwhelming emotion for Chicagoans joined by a historic law. “I never thought I would have these rights,” said one.

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Monical Henal and MIreya Hurtado

MONICA HENAL + MIREYA HURTADO
YEARS TOGETHER:
13

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Candid shots of the couples

There’s a long way to go for this to be recognized at the federal level. What would happen if one of us passed away? And my Social Security doesn’t go to her, or hers doesn’t come to me? So many years together. It’s not right. But this is a big step. —MONICA HENAL

We have friends who got married in Iowa. We have friends who, when it became legal, went to Canada. We always had the conversation: Should we do that? Both of us agreed that we wanted to wait until something happened in Illinois. That when civil unions became legal here, we would do it. We always were waiting for some way to have legal protection. —MIREYA HURTADO

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3 years ago
Posted by cmr1951

What a wonderful story with great pictures as well. I was with my partner almost 35 years before she was taken from me by God 4 years ago and a day does not pass that I do not ache for the loss of her.

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