Civil Unions

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Same-Sex Love and the Law in Illinois

By Leslie A. Gutierrez They meet. They fall in love. They get married. They live happily ever after. It’s supposed to be that simple. Unfortunately, it’s only that simple if you fall in love with someone of the opposite sex. In which case, the abundance of rights, privileges and benefits that stem from that love […]

Civil Unions V. Marriage

It’s the turning of the tides here in Illinois, as new legislation has been put to a vote introducing a marriage equality act into our fair state. Sponsored by Sen. Heather Steans and Rep. Greg Harris, the bill hopes to have Illinois become the 10 th member of our union to offer same-sex marriage to […]

Who gets down on one knee? Share your story!

Like most U-Haulers, shortly after my girlfriend and I moved in together, we started discussing our future and whether or not we wanted to get married, move to the suburbs, have children, etc. Having been raised in pretty conservative households, we both decided that we definitely wanted a traditional wedding for our family and friends. […]

Civil Union FAQs

Today, Wednesday, June 1, 2011 marks an important date in Illinois LBGTQ history with the enactment of the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act. If you and your partner are planning to enter, or are thinking about entering, into an Illinois Civil Union, Lambda Legal has put together some FAQs for what this […]

Celebrate History in the Making – Illinois Civil Unions

Two weeks from today, June 2, 2011, LGBT couples will be able to legally hold their Civil Union ceremonies. Now I know you might be thinking that I’m losing my mind since we all know the Civil Union Act goes into effect June 1st, not June 2nd. While this is technically true, any couples who […]

Illinois Civil Unions, Separate but Equal?

I’m sure we’re all familiar with the age-old lesbian joke, “Q: What does a lesbian bring on a second date? A: A U-Haul.” This joke is obviously an exaggeration, it exists for a reason. While many fight to avoid the cliché, lesbian relationships stereotypically tend to move faster than those of our gay male counterparts, […]