98TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2013 and 2014
Introduced 1/23/2013, by Sen. Heather A. Steans
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. Contains
provisions regarding legislative purpose, 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 that laws of 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 laws of this State as if federal law recognized the marriages of
same-sex couples in the same manner as the laws of this State. Amends the
Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. Makes changes
concerning: parties who may marry; solemnization; use of a parish hall or
other religious facility for solemnization or celebration of a marriage;
prohibited marriages; and jurisdiction. Amends the Illinois Religious
Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act to make changes and additions
regarding recognition of marriages and to authorize the voluntary
conversion of a civil union to a marriage under specified circumstances.
Contains severability provisions. Effective 30 days after becoming law.
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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 this State applicable to marriage, whether
from statute, administrative or court rule, policy,
or any other source of civil or criminal law, 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