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Illinois Domestic Partner Benefits: What you need to know

Effective June 1, 2014, the Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act legally recognizes marriage between two persons, regardless of gender (750 IL Comp. Stat. Sec. 5/201 et seq.).
Reciprocity. Except for a common-law marriage, any marriage legally entered into in another jurisdiction is recognized as a marriage under state law.
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Conversion of civil union to marriage. A couple in a civil union may apply for and receive a marriage license and have their marriage registered, provided the couple is otherwise eligible to marry under state law.
For a period of 1 year from June 1, 2014, a civil union couple may apply for a marriage certificate without payment of any fee. By signing and returning the certificate to the county clerk, the civil union is converted into a marriage. The effective date of the marriage is the date the couple entered into their civil union.
The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act gives couples in a civil union the same rights, benefits, and legal responsibilities as married couples (750 IL Comp. Stat. Sec. 75/1). A "civil union" under the act is defined as the legal relationship between two persons, of either the same or opposite sex.
A civil union is prohibited if it is:
• Entered into before both parties attain 18 years of age
• Entered into before the dissolution of a marriage or civil union or substantially similar legal relationship of one of the parties
• Between an ancestor and a descendent or between siblings, whether the relationship is by the half or the whole blood or by adoption
• Between an aunt or uncle and a niece or nephew, whether the relationship is by the half or the whole blood or by adoption
• Between first cousins
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