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Illinois Civil Unions

Marriage Equality Stalls in Illinois: An In-Depth Look

Waymon Hudson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Waymon Hudson

It seems the long road to full equality in "The Prairie State" will continue to wind on, at least for now, as marriage equality supporters look ahead to both the veto session in the house and the current marriage lawsuit making its way through the Illinois court system brought by Lambda Legal and the ACLU.

Joseph Erbentraut

Is Gay Marriage On A Fast Track To Passage In Illinois? | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 11.19.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Emboldened by Election Day votes to allow gay marriage in three states, advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Ill...

PHOTOS: Meet The Same-Sex Couples Suing Illinois For Marriage Rights

Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 06.02.2012 | Chicago

Nine Illinois couples filed a lawsuit this week, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union and New York-based Lambda Legal, to challenge the consti...

Illinois Gay Marriage Battle Heading To Court

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 07.30.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Building on the momentum of President Barack Obama's recent support of gay marriage, two major civil rights groups in his home state filed ...

Will Illinois OK Gay Marriage? Bill Sponsor Says Votes 'Aren't There'

Posted 04.16.2012 | Chicago

The principal proponent of legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois recently admitted that such a bill is not likely to become a ...

County Changes Its Tune On Civil Unions After Couple Turned Away

Posted 04.04.2012 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of the Windy City Times Lake County has reversed its policy of denying civil union licenses to same-sex couples who t...

Can Gay Marriage Help A Struggling State Economy?

Posted 03.28.2012 | Chicago

If Illinois lawmakers decide to legalize same-sex marriage, they will bring more than just marriage equality to the Land of Lincoln, according to a ne...

Could Illinois Be The Next State To OK Gay Marriage?

Posted 02.08.2012 | Chicago

A group of pro-equality Illinois lawmakers on Wednesday filed a bill in the Illinois General Assembly that would legalize same-sex marriage in the Lan...

Downstate GOP Lawmaker Takes Aim At Civil Union Law

Posted 01.31.2012 | Chicago

A downstate Republican lawmaker is pushing a new bill to the Illinois state general assembly which attempts to introduce exceptions to the state's civ...

Illinois Looking Toward Marriage Equality

Waymon Hudson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Waymon Hudson

Illinois legislators and civil rights organizations have started strategizing on moving from civil unions to full marriage equality for LGBT couples. But with well-organized and well-funded opposition like the Catholic Church, this will be difficult.

Gay Marriage In Illinois In The Works? Proponents Talk Strategy

Posted 01.10.2012 | Chicago

A group of Illinois lawmakers have begun laying the groundwork for their latest push to bring marriage equality to the Land of Lincoln. The Windy C...

Springfield Reverses Vote, Will Uphold Civil Union Benefits

Posted 01.10.2012 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of the Windy City Times: The City of Springfield has reversed its decision not to extend partner benefits to civil un...

Springfield Mayor Changes His Tune On Civil Union Benefits

Posted 01.04.2012 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of the Windy City Times Springfield Mayor J. Michael Houston has come out in support of civil union spousal benefit...

Springfield Votes Against Benefits For Civil Union Couples

Posted 12.23.2011 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of the Windy City Times In a move shocking LGBT rights groups in Illinois, Springfield's city government has voted ...

Some Straight Couples Register For Civil Unions Out Of Gay Solidarity

Posted 12.21.2011 | Chicago

A report released Tuesday by Cook County Clerk David Orr revealed that solidarity with same-sex couples was the top reason why many Cook County straig...

Stage Collapse Victim Settles, Civil Union Recognized By Indiana

Posted 12.20.2011 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of the Windy City Times: Indiana State Fair stage collapse survivors, including Alisha Brennon, have accepted a settl...

In Just 6 Months, More Than 3,700 Civil Union Licenses Issued In Illinois

Posted 12.09.2011 | Chicago

In the six months since Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law legalizing civil unions for same-sex partners in Illinois, more than 3,700 couples have been issue...

Illinois Civil Union Tax Loophole Fixed: Couples Get Joint Tax-Filing

Waymon Hudson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Waymon Hudson

In a big reversal from the Illinois Department of Revenue, couples who have entered into civil unions will be able to jointly file their 2011 state tax returns.

Illinois Couples In Civil-Unions To File Joint Income Tax Returns

AP | By NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 01.29.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Couples with civil-union licenses in Illinois will soon be allowed to file joint income tax returns with the state. Though same-sex couple...

The Double Jeopardy of Being an LGBT Immigrant

Elena Quintana | Posted 11.26.2011 | Chicago
Elena Quintana

Now that same-sex civil unions are legal (and in some states, same-sex marriage), the legal protections for undocumented spouses or civil union partners are called into question.

Judge: Illinois Can Stop Working With Catholic Charities On Foster Care Cases

AP | By JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 10.18.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- An Illinois judge ruled Thursday that the state can stop working with Catholic Charities on adoptions and foster care placements ...

State Finds 'Substantial Evidence' That B&Bs Discriminated Against Gay Couple

Posted 10.17.2011 | Chicago

An Illinois state panel says it has found "substantial evidence" that two businesses discriminated against a gay couple looking for a venue for their ...

Oak Parkers Near Top Of Civil Union Registration List

Oak Park - River Forest, IL Patch | Casey Cora Email the Author | Posted 09.28.2011 | Chicago

More than 1,000 civil unions have been issued by the Cook County Clerk's Office since June 1, the first day civil unions became legal in Illinois. ...

PHOTOS: Chicago Couples Celebrate Civil Unions

Chicago Magazine | Posted 09.25.2011 | Chicago

On June 1, 2011, more than 400 people took their places in line. Among them were parents, veterans, business owners, teachers, and senior citizens. So...

More Than 1,600 Illinois Couples Applied For Civil Unions So Far

Posted 09.07.2011 | Chicago

With the month of June complete, an LGBT advocacy group announced Thursday that, by their count, 1,618 total civil union licenses were issued througho...