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March 11, 2008
Illinois Civil Union Law Final Action Deadline = March 14
In just a few days, we will know whether the Illinois Civil Union bill has passed in the Illinois General Assembly House.
The final action date in the Illinois House for the Illinois Civil Union Law (entitled the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act) is currently scheduled for March 14, 2008.
You can find information about the status of the bill (HB 1826) on the website for the Illinois General Assembly.
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HB1826 is not the only legislation pending on Civil Unions in Illinois. A new bill was introduced in the Senate; it is word-for-word the same as the house bill. The number for the Senate Bill is SB2436. People can track the progress of HB1826 and SB2436 on the website for the Illinois General Assembly, www.ilga.gov. The Senate Bill is currently being held in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
For those who haven't noticed, the proposed Illinois legislation is unique in that it would provide for civil unions for same-sex and opposite-sex couples.
Prof. Mark Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School-Chicago
Posted by: Mark Wojcik | Mar 12, 2008 9:37:29 AM
Thank you, Mark. It is important to note that this legal construct (civil union) is not limited to same-sex couples. It provides that any "two individuals" may enter into the relationship.
The Bills also provides for Illinois reciprocal recognition of same sex marriages, civil unions, and the like (other than common law marriage). This would avoid choice-of-law problems regarding the potential recognition in Illinois regarding out of state civil unions and same sex marriages. However, this would not solve the inevitable problems that will occur if an Illinois same-sex civil union couple moves to another state that does not recognize such legal constructs.
Posted by: Sara Benson | Mar 15, 2008 9:32:59 AM