Same Sex Couples
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.
The number of Illinoisans telling the U.S. Census Bureau they’re part of a same-sex couple has jumped significantly.
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.
Following a legal dispute over the right to turn away same-sex couples in civil unions, the State of Illinois has decided not to renew adoption and foster care contracts with Catholic Charities.
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.
Catholic Charities says it might stop its adoption services if the state requires them to place children with same-sex couples.
A vote by state lawmakers on a bill that would legalize civil unions for same-sex couples could come as soon as Monday, reports say.
A push to recognize civil unions among same-sex couples is near having enough votes to pass the Illinois House, its main legislative backer predicted Tuesday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.