Tag Archives: Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act

First Divorce Filing For Same Sex Couple in Illinois

As of June 1, 2011, same-sex couples are permitted to apply for civil union licenses under the new Civil Union Act.  On the same historic date, another same-sex couple was filing for a divorce. On Wednesday, June 1st, Mark Bayer filed his Petition for Dissolution at the Peoria County Courthouse, the first of two such […]

What You Need to Know About Civil Unions in Illinois

On January 31, 2011, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act, thereby making Illinois the 18th U.S. jurisdiction to pass legislation establishing a legal basis for some form of same-sex family relationships.  While Illinois is the sixth state to formally recognize civil unions, twelve other states have […]