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:
1. Without marriage or a civil union, a person who is left or predeceased by her partner has no claim to child or property of other partner.
2. Folks that wanted to visit or be visited by their companion while in a hospital, will now have that right even if they cannot or do not want to be married.
3. You can benefit from joint Illinois income tax filing by entering into a civil union.
More to come!
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