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Equality Illinois Says State Civil Union Law a Failure

By Nottage and Ward on July 9, 2012

As experienced civil union attorneys in Illinois, the legal team at Nottage and Ward are well aware that there have been bumps in the road since the Illinois civil union law took effect in June 2011, but, according to WJBC.com, advocacy group Equality Illinois is going as far as to say that the Civil Union Act is a failure.

Since the civil union law took effect in June 2011, there have been a total of more than 5,000 civil unions granted in Illinois. The head of the gay rights advocacy group Equality Illinois followed the experiences of these civil union couples for one year. The results of this study revealed that “every area of law failed to provide full equality” as civil union couples were denied their rights, treated unequally, or even discriminated against.

The Civil Union Act was intended to afford the same rights to civil union couples as are granted to married couples, but that has not been the case. For true equality, Equality Illinois urges lawmakers to enact civil marriage legislation.

The civil union law definitely falls short in many respects, but no law is perfect its first time out. The future may hold revisions to the law granting more equality or it may just be a first step to the legalization of gay marriage, but, until then, the civil union lawyers at Nottage and Ward can help you understand the Illinois civil union law as it is now and how it will impact your legal rights. Call us today for a consultation at (312) 332-2915 to find out more.

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