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Will Illinois Legalize Gay Marriage in January?

By Nottage and Ward on January 2, 2013

The passing of the Illinois civil union law was a major step towards marriage equality for same-sex couples, and though the state has not reached the point of true equality just yet, it does seem to be significantly closer. According to USA Today, Illinois lawmakers may pass a bill legalizing gay marriage to the Governor’s desk as early as January, when the General Assembly reconvenes.

As dedicated civil union lawyers in Chicago at Nottage and Ward, we applaud the efforts of Representative Greg Harris and Senator Heather Steans, who have spearheaded the push towards the legalization of same-sex marriage in the legislature. While both decline to comment on the status of roll-call votes in each chamber, Steans claims that they are closer to “being able to get it done.” And if the trend in the nation is any indication, it seems even more likely that it will, in fact, get done. Not only did President Obama speak in favor of legalizing gay marriage, but four states have legalized gay marriage or voted down bans on it since the November election.

If the Illinois General Assembly approves the bill and it is signed by the Governor, the law would take effect on July 1, 2012.

It is understandable that there be a lot of confusion until the laws get straightened out, but it is important to abide by the current laws until a new one is passed. If you have any questions about the current civil union law or are considering entering into a civil union, feel free to contact us. We’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.

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