What’s an Illinois Civil Union?

An Illinois civil union is a legal relationship which is entered into by two adults of the same or opposite sex and which affords couples the obligations, responsibilities, protections and benefits given spouses under Illinois law.

It’s estimated that Illinois provides 650 separate benefits of marriage. The Civil Union Act gives civil union partners these same 650 benefits. Who would’ve thought marriage had so many benefits?

If it sounds as though the law says couples who are married and those in civil unions have the same legal rights under Illinois law, then you’re correct. And if it’s the same, then what’s the difference? Or is there a difference?  Read on and you’ll find out.