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Civil Unions a Boost to Illinois Economy, Helping Wedding Businesses Prosper

By Nottage and Ward on September 28, 2011

The passing of Illinois’ civil union law has not only been cause for celebration for same-sex couples, but for wedding businesses as well. According to an ABC7 news report, Illinois wedding businesses are seeing substantial gains as more same-sex couples celebrate their civil unions. The civil union law has provided the catalyst for economic growth in a recession, albeit for a very specific niche.

Since the Illinois civil union law took effect on June 1, almost 1,500 civil union licenses have been issued only in Cook County. According to a Chicago Sun-Times article, 831 of those were issued within the first month of passing the civil union law. The first civil unions were celebrated by state and city officials on June 2 in Millennium Park. As same-sex couples see others celebrating their civil unions, it seems to relieve any misgivings of entering into and celebrating their own, which then encourages others.

Multiple wedding business owners, especially those in catering and jewelry, have seen a significant rise in business. An Illinois jeweler commented that there has been a definite and exciting “uptick” in the jewelry business he shares with his wife. As another example, a caterer has had the busiest and most profitable summer and fall that his company has had in years, and he has even had to increase his catering staff to meet the demand.

These benefits of the civil union law are very welcome and very exciting in a time when the state is still trying to balance the recognized rights of this law with those of others. As city and state officials and the courts continue to iron out the ramifications of the civil union law, many will have questions and concerns about how the law will actually apply to them. If you are considering entering into a civil union in Illinois, the guidance from an experienced Chicago civil union attorney can be invaluable. Contact the Illinois family law firm of Nottage and Ward today for a consultation at 312-332-2915.

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