As of June 1, 2011, any two adults, that are not married or in a civil union type relationship already, and are not closely related, will be able to enter into a civil union in Illinois. This will be a huge day for many homosexual couples, but also for many, many others that simply want to have someone they trust have hospital visitation rights, inheritance rights, property rights, etc. It is this "etc." I wish to devote this Countdown to Civil Unions in Illinois series.
Some Civil Union Benefits, continued:
4. Folks that want to share Illinois based employer (not federal) health care coverage just like spouses, will now have that option even if they cannot or do not want to be married.
5. Civil union partner cannot be compelled to testify against one another, just like spouses.
6. Creditors of one civil union partner will be unable to reach their jointly held home, as it can be held as one, indivisible whole, each partner owning an half, just like spouses.
More to come!
PLEASE NOTE: the above is NOT legal advice. It is only a general statement about the state of the law. It is not a recommendation and should not be used to make decisions regarding you specific situation. For such a recommendation, consult an attorney regarding your specific factual circumstance.