Starting on June 1, 2011 when the Illinois civil union law goes into effect, thousands of same-sex and different-sex couples will have a broad range of protections available to them and their children. We know that many couples are looking forward to celebrating these new rights with family and friends.
The EQIL/Lambda Legal Civil Union Tracker system aims to ensure that same-sex and different-sex couples who have a civil union (either because they have applied for one in Illinois, or because their out-of-state marriage, civil union, or domestic partnership qualifies as a civil union in Illinois) are treated fairly under Illinois law.
We know from experience in other states that have adopted civil union laws, that many couples and their children encounter problems getting respect for their relationships, whether in hospitals settings, by insurers, employers, schools or in other situations. While not all unfair treatment leads to legal action, knowing more about your rights will help you respond.
Please join our Illinois Civil Union Tracker. Complete the form and you will be connected to our team of experts who will help you navigate this new territory in Illinois.
If you or someone you know is having trouble getting proper treatment as a couple in a civil union, contact the Illinois Civil Union Tracker Team.
The official media release announcing the launch of the EQIL/Lambda Legal Civil Union Tracker can be viewed here.