It has been a year now since same-sex civil unions became legal in Illinois, but the advocacy group Equality Illinois says many couples are not finding that their unions are being treated as equal to marriages.
Gay rights activists are hoping for final approval of a state bill that would guarantee a benefit currently offered only to those in marriages recognized by the federal government.
State legislation is moving ahead to add gender identity to the Illinois hate crimes law, and to require employers to allow medical leave for those joined in civil unions.
Because the suburban Cook County courthouses will be closed on weekends starting next year, there will soon be five fewer options for wedding or civil union ceremonies.
More than 3,700 couples committed to one another through civil unions in the first six months since Illinois legalized them.
A downstate judge says the Illinois Department of Children and Family Service may now begin canceling its adoption and foster care contracts with Catholic Charities.
The State of Illinois is moving to steer foster families to new agencies, even as Catholic Charities prepares to fight a court ruling allowing the state to end its relationship with the agency.
A judge is allowing the American Civil Liberties Union to intervene in the battle over adoption rights for same-sex couples.
The state has resumed referring foster care cases to Catholic Charities, as a court battle continues over the right to turn away same-sex couples in civil unions.
Officials say 831 civil union licenses were awarded to Cook County couples in June, the first month they were legal in Illinois.
Chicago-based Equality Illinois has said 1,618 civil union licenses were issued throughout the state in the month since the law went into effect on June 1.
Only a month has passed since Illinois legalized civil unions, but more than 1,600 same-sex couples have already applied for licenses.
Several Catholic Charities groups are suing the state, saying they should not have to accept same-sex couples in civil unions as foster parents.
It was a shining moment for all to see this morning, as same-sex couples gathered to exchange vows for their civil unions in Millennium Park.
A long-awaited day has arrived for same-sex couples in Illinois.
Gov. Pat Quinn and Cook County Clerk David Orr will be among those in attendance for a historic ceremony next month, in which 30 gay and lesbian couples will be joined in civil unions in Millennium Park.
While civil unions will not be treated equally as marriage when they become legal in Illinois, there is one area where they may be on par.
A controversial bill that would limit adoptions by same-sex couples was defeated in an Illinois Senate committee on Wednesday.
Gay rights advocates are outraged over proposed state legislation that would allow adoption agencies to refuse to place children with couples joined in a civil union.
When a pair of downstate men tried to rent a hall for their civil union celebration, they learned discrimination does not end with a stroke of the governor’s pen.
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