The First Illinois Civil Unions

by Beverly A. Pekala on May 25, 2011

Illinois ’ Civil Unions law becomes effective a week from today, June 1, 2011. On that date, for the first time in the State of Illinois , couples will be allowed to obtain civil union licenses. But they’ll have to wait one more day before having a ceremony performed.
So, on June 2, Governor Quinn is scheduled to join gay and lesbian couples at Millennium Park to celebrate the unions of approximately 30 couples. The ceremonies are being hosted by a variety of organizations, and the couples will be joined together by Cook County Clerk David Orr.
Not to be outdone, some couples have said their ceremonies will be performed shortly after midnight on June 2—they want to be the first of the couples in Illinois to have civil unions.

Best of luck to everyone.

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