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Section Newsletter Articles on Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act

Emotional side of civil union law By Anna Fridman Women and the Law, November 2011 The LGBT community in Illinois is now faced with the same issues that heterosexual couples have been grappling with for centuries in one form or another—those related to making an unequivocal proclamation of one’s commitment for the rest of their lives. 
The new Civil Union Act and its effect on the Illinois Probate Act By Joanna M. Lekkas Women and the Law, November 2011 While intestacy laws may protect surviving spouses who are parties to a civil union, it is important to keep in mind that only six states recognize these unions. Therefore, estate planning for disability and death remain important tools for same-sex couples.
The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act By Richard A. Wilson Diversity Leadership Council, June 2011 When the new Act took effect on June 1, Illinois joined 11 U.S. States and the District of Columbia that now recognize legal unions between same-sex couples.
Illinois Civil Union Act By Derek A. Schryer Employee Benefits, March 2011 Beginning on June 1, 2011, Illinois will recognize same-sex marriages, civil unions or other similar legal relations entered into in another jurisdiction as a civil union.
All you need is love. . . And the right legislation: The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act (House Bill 1826) By Annemarie E. Kill Diversity Leadership Council, June 2008 The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act (HB 1826) was originally introduced in the Illinois House on February 23, 2007.
All you need is love. . . And the right legislation: The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act (House Bill 1826) By Annemarie E. Kill Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, June 2008 As of this writing, the deadline for action has been extended to allow time to obtain sufficient support to ensure the bill is passed.
Answering the call of our changing society: The “Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act” (House Bill 1826) By Annemarie E. Kill Women and the Law, November 2007 On June 23, 2007, the 201 member ISBA Assembly voted to support the “Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act” (HB 1826).