97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2011 and 2012
Introduced 2/8/2012, by Rep. Greg Harris - Deborah Mell - Kelly M. Cassidy - Ann Williams
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. Contains
provisions regarding purposes, rules of construction, and severability.
Provides that: all laws of this State applicable to marriage apply equally
to marriages of same-sex and different-sex couples and their children;
parties to a marriage and their children, regardless of whether the
marriage is of a same-sex or different-sex couple, have the same benefits,
protections, and responsibilities under law; parties to a marriage are
included in any definition or use of terms such as "spouse", "family",
"immediate family", "dependent", "next of kin", "wife", "husband",
"bride", "groom", "wedlock", and other terms that refer to or denote the
spousal relationship, as those terms are used throughout the law,
regardless of whether the parties to a marriage are of the same sex or
different sexes; and, to the extent laws this State adopt, refer to, or
rely upon provisions of federal law as applicable to this State, parties to
a marriage of the same sex and their children shall be treated under the
law of this State as if federal law recognized the marriages of same-sex
couples in the same manner as the law of this State. Amends the Illinois
Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act by making various changes
concerning: parties who may marry; solemnization; prohibited marriages;
jurisdiction; and other matters. Amends the Illinois Religious Freedom
Protection and Civil Union Act. Makes various changes and additions
regarding recognition of marriages. Authorizes the voluntary conversion of
a civil union to a marriage under specified circumstances. Makes other
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AN ACT concerning civil law.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.
Purposes; rules of construction.
This Act shall
be liberally construed and applied to promote its underlying
purpose, which is to provide same-sex and different-sex couples
and their children equal access to the
protections, rights, and responsibilities of civil marriage.
Equal access to marriage.
(a) All laws of the State of Illinois, whether they derive
from statute, administrative or court rule, policy, common law,
or any other source of civil or criminal law, applicable to
marriage shall apply equally to marriages of same-sex and
different-sex couples and their children.
(b) Parties to a marriage and their children, regardless
whether the marriage consists of a same-sex or different-sex
shall have all the same benefits, protections, and
under law, whether they derive from statute,
administrative or court
rule, policy, common law, or any other
source of civil or