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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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Theresa Volpes and Mercedes Santos

THERESA VOLPE + MERCEDES SANTOS
YEARS TOGETHER:
19

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When we had our daughter seven years ago, we had a huge baby shower. Our families were there, and we thought, This is recognition of our relationship. We didn’t have a ceremony. But now that our kids are older, they need to know that they count, that our relationship counts, and that it’s important. We want them to see that we have nothing to hide. —THERESA VOLPE

We were glad some people had ceremonies before—when they weren’t legally recognized—but it just wasn’t for us. When the civil union law passed, we felt that it was the time for us to do it. It’s our right now, and we’re going to take that right. —MERCEDES SANTOS

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