CHICAGO, IL (AP) - A group that advocates for gay and lesbian rights
has declared Illinois' new civil unions law a success.
Equality Illinois reports that 1,618 civil union licenses were
issued across the state in June - the first month civil unions
became available to Illinois couples.
Civil unions give couples many of the rights that accompany
traditional marriage. That includes the right to inherit a
Hundreds of couples around Illinois were in line at county
offices early morning on the first day the law went into effect -
Equality Illinois says 83 of the state's 102 counties reported
issuing at least one or more licenses.
Its numbers are not official. But the group said it contacted
clerks in each county to compile the figures.