Leave this field blank. Clair County began issuing licenses to same-sex couples the next day,  and officials in Cass and Jackson counties said they would do so. Because of the complexity of this issue, we encourage you to contact the ACLU of Illinois or Lambda Legal if you are denied health insurance or pension benefits for your spouse.
And a journal entry Ilio wrote about the night he met his husband, 20 years ago. Southern Illinoisan. Retrieved June 15,
Orrin federal district court seeking the right to marry without waiting for Illinois' statute to take effect. June 1, The women have spent the last few years furnishing that home as a couple, and have commingled their finances. A civil union is a status given to couples in certain states, affording them many protections enjoyed by married couples.
February 23, Separation: You can seek alimony if your civil union is dissolved. The Chicago Tribune. Please prove you are human by selecting the Star.
These generally include:. For instance, while couples in a civil union can file joint taxes with their state, they cannot file federal taxes jointly. Quinn signs civil union bill into law". However, entering into a domestic partnership or civil union can provide a lot of benefits for couples who are either not ready to enter into a marriage, or want to receive benefits as if they were married but do not want to actually get married.
So what's next in the push for rights in the LGBT community? The U. It does, however, apply to not only same sex situations, but also to opposite sex couples. Cities and counties in the United States offering a domestic partnership registry.
Instead they left Springfield after only two. May 18, January 10,