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Illinois recognizes the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry. And because the US Supreme Court overturned parts of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal government also recognizes LGBT marriages. This means same-sex married couples living in Illinois are eligible for all rights and benefits afforded to heterosexual married couples.
Here is a run-down on Illinois law affecting the LGBTQ community:
1 Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships: Same-sex marriage was legalized via statute in November 2013, after the Illinois House of Representatives narrowly approved same-sex marriage legislation by 61 votes to 54 (achieving the 60 vote required threshold).The Illinois Senate subsequently approved the legislation 32-21. The bill will be signed by the Governor on November 20, and go into effect June 1, 2014.
To date, sixteen states – CA, CT, DE, HI, IA, IL, ME, MD, MA, MN, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT, and WA – plus Washington, D.C. have the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.
Same-sex marriage had previously been banned in Illinois by statute in 1996.
2 Adoption Law: The state permits adoption by gay individuals or partners, including second-parent adoptions. The Illinois Domestic Violence Act, which protects people who share or used to share a dwelling or a “dating relationship” with their abusers, is written in gender-neutral language and is applicable to same-sex partners.
3 Anti-Discrimination Law: Illinois has protected LGBT persons from discrimination since 2006, based on legislation enacted in 2005.
4 Sodomy Law: On July 28, 1961, Illinois enacted the Laws of Illinois 19671, a new state law code, that became effective on January 1, 1962, and eliminated the state’s sodomy laws. It was the first state to eliminate its sodomy laws.
5Public Opinion: A February 2013 Crain’s/Ipsos poll found that 50% of Illinois residents favored the same-sex marriage under consideration by the legislature, while 29% opposes it. The survey also found that feelings were stronger among those favoring legalization.
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