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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S. Lee Edwards and Rev. Brenda E. Lee

S. LEE EDWARDS + REV. BRENDA E. LEE
YEARS TOGETHER:
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Candid shots of the couples

We know that God ordained our relationship as friends, and now as partners, and that we should be together. What this shows, with Illinois taking this step, is that our relationship is being recognized. It’s not being denied or discounted. —S. LEE EDWARDS

The civil union ceremony we were a part of in Millennium Park [on June 2] was such a huge statement. Passersby began to line up and cheer, saying, “You’re doing great.” It was uplifting spiritually, and it was powerful. —REV. BRENDA E. LEE

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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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