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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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Qadree and Troy Holmes

QADREE HOLMES + TROY HOLMES
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We were married in 2007. We had a ceremony with our friends and family. That was our wedding. When Governor Quinn signed the civil union legislation, it was just awesome. Now the state actually recognized the marriage that we had four years ago. The civil union was just a renewal of our vows—that’s how we looked at it. And a celebration of a historic day. —QADREE HOLMES

After we got married, it cost me hundreds of dollars to get my name changed, when it could have been done through a civil union. But I wanted to do that. I needed to do that. With the whole civil union process, it’s been cool to see that, finally, government is working for us. —TROY HOLMES

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