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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Frank Baiocchi and Robert Hunt

FRANK BAIOCCHI + ROBERT HUNT
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The world hasn’t collapsed because Rob and I have demonstrated our love and commitment to each other in a public way. Living our lives, being concerned citizens, and being intentional about the work toward marriage equality at the federal level is critical. —FRANK BAIOCCHI

I never felt that in my lifetime I would have the opportunity to experience this, to have these rights. During our civil union ceremony, I thought about the people in California who were married and how [the state] lost that. I can’t imagine that feeling—if suddenly what we had shared and experienced was taken away. It’s a very humbling thought. —ROBERT HUNT

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