Same Sex Couples

Same Sex Marriage

Report: Many Difficulties For Couples In Civil Unions One Year Later

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.

CBS Chicago–06/01/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Advocates Hope For Approval Of Medical Leave For Partners In Civil Unions

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.

CBS Chicago–03/05/2012

Same Sex Marriage

Big Jump In lllinois Same-Sex Couples Reporting Status To Census

The number of Illinoisans telling the U.S. Census Bureau they’re part of a same-sex couple has jumped significantly.

CBS Chicago–08/04/2011

Gavel

State Resumes Referring Adoption Cases To Catholic Charities

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.

CBS Chicago–07/18/2011

Civil Unions

State Decides Not To Renew Adoption Contract With Catholic Charities

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.

CBS Chicago–07/12/2011

Same Sex Marriage

Group: Civil Union Licenses Have Been Issued In 83 Illinois Counties

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.

CBS Chicago–07/12/2011

Civil Union Ceremony At Millennium Park

Group: More Than 1,600 Couples Have Applied For Civil Unions

Only a month has passed since Illinois legalized civil unions, but more than 1,600 same-sex couples have already applied for licenses.

CBS Chicago–07/08/2011

Civil Unions

Catholic Charities Sue For Right To Turn Away Same-Sex Couples

Several Catholic Charities groups are suing the state, saying they should not have to accept same-sex couples in civil unions as foster parents.

CBS Chicago–06/08/2011

Civil Union Ceremony At Millennium Park

Same-Sex Couples Take Vows For Civil Unions

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.

CBS Chicago–06/02/2011

Lakeesha Harris, Janean Watkins

Same-Sex Couples Line Up For Civil Union Licenses

A long-awaited day has arrived for same-sex couples in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–06/01/2011

Same Sex Marriage

Catholic Charities Wants Right To Send Gay Couples Elsewhere

Catholic Charities says it might stop its adoption services if the state requires them to place children with same-sex couples.

CBS Chicago–05/05/2011

Same Sex Marriage

Vote On Civil Unions Could Come Next Week

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.

CBS Chicago–11/24/2010

Same Sex Marriage

Vote Coming For Civil Unions In Illinois?

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.

11/10/2010