07/26/2011 03:02 pm ET | Updated Sep 25, 2011

From This Day Forward: Chicago Couples Celebrate Civil Unions (PHOTOS)

On June 1, 2011, more than 400 people took their places in line. Among them were parents, veterans, business owners, teachers, and senior citizens. Some had arrived hours before dawn. All were there to receive, through offices of the Cook County clerk, some of the first same-sex civil union licenses granted by the State of Illinois.

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