Can Anyone Get an Illinois Civil Union?

The short answer is that if you can get married in Illinois, you can enter into a civil union.

The requirements are those you’d expect. First, there are age restrictions. If you are at least 18 years old, you can get a civil union. If you are 16 or 17, a parent or guardian must give written consent.

Second, you can’t already be married or be a partner in a civil union. The idea of bigamy applies to civil unions just as to marriages, and bigamy is not allowed.

Third, you can’t join together a group of your friends to become a civil union. This type of relationship can only involve two people, just like a marriage.

Finally, you can’t enter into a civil union with family members, just as you can’t marry your brother, sister, or close family members related by blood or adoption.

Does all of this sound like marriage to you?