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FAMILIES
(750 ILCS 75/) Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act.

750 ILCS 75/1

    (750 ILCS 75/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-1513, eff. 6-1-11.)

750 ILCS 75/5

    (750 ILCS 75/5)
    Sec. 5. Purposes; rules of construction. This Act shall be liberally construed and applied to promote its underlying purposes, which are to provide adequate procedures for the certification and registration of a civil union and provide persons entering into a civil union with the obligations, responsibilities, protections, and benefits afforded or recognized by the law of Illinois to spouses.
(Source: P.A. 96-1513, eff. 6-1-11.)

750 ILCS 75/10

    (750 ILCS 75/10)
    Sec. 10. Definitions. As used in this Act:
    "Certificate" means a document that certifies that the persons named on the certificate have established a civil union in this State in compliance with this Act.
    "Civil union" means a legal relationship between 2 persons, of either the same or opposite sex, established pursuant to this Act.
    "Department" means the Department of Public Health.
    "Officiant" means the person authorized to certify a civil union in accordance with Section 40.
    "Party to a civil union" means a person who has established a civil union pursuant to this Act. "Party to a civil union" means, and shall be included in, any definition or use of the terms "spouse", "family", "immediate family", "dependent", "next of kin", and other terms that denote the spousal relationship, as those terms are used throughout the law.
(Source: P.A. 96-1513, eff. 6-1-11.)

750 ILCS 75/15

    (750 ILCS 75/15)
    Sec. 15. Religious freedom. Nothing in this Act shall interfere with or regulate the religious practice of any religious body. Any religious body, Indian Nation or Tribe or Native Group is free to choose whether or not to solemnize or officiate a civil union.
(Source: P.A. 96-1513, eff. 6-1-11.)

750 ILCS 75/20

    (750 ILCS 75/20)
    Sec. 20. Protections, obligations, and responsibilities. A party to a civil union is entitled to the same legal obligations, responsibilities, protections, and benefits as are afforded or recognized by the law of Illinois to spouses, whether they derive from statute, administrative rule, policy, common law, or any other source of civil or criminal law.
(Source: P.A. 96-1513, eff. 6-1-11.)

750 ILCS 75/25

    (750 ILCS 75/25)
    Sec. 25. Prohibited civil unions. The following civil unions are prohibited:
        (1) a civil union entered into prior to both parties
    
attaining 18 years of age;
        (2) a civil union entered into prior to the
    
dissolution of a marriage or civil union or substantially similar legal relationship of one of the parties;
        (3) a civil union between an ancestor and a
    
descendant or between siblings whether the relationship is by the half or the whole blood or by adoption;
        (4) a civil union between an aunt or uncle and a
    
niece or nephew, whether the relationship is by the half or the whole blood or by adoption; and
        (5) a civil union between first cousins.
(Source: P.A. 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)

750 ILCS 75/30

    (750 ILCS 75/30)
    Sec. 30. Application, license, and certification.
    (a) The Director of Public Health shall prescribe the form for an application, license, and certificate for a civil union.
    (b) An application for a civil union shall include the following information:
        (1) name, sex, occupation, address, social security
    
number, date and place of birth of each party to the civil union;
        (2) name and address of the parents or guardian of
    
each party;
        (3) whether the parties are related to each other
    
and, if so, their relationship; and
        (4) in the event either party was previously married
    
or entered into a civil union or a substantially similar legal relationship, provide the name, date, place and the court in which the marriage or civil union or substantially similar legal relationship was dissolved or declared invalid or the date and place of death of the former spouse or of the party to the civil union or substantially similar legal relationship.
    (c) When an application has been completed and signed by both parties, applicable fees have been paid, and both parties have appeared before the county clerk, the county clerk shall issue a license and a certificate of civil union upon being furnished satisfactory proof that the civil union is not prohibited.
    (d) A license becomes effective in the county where it was issued one day after the date of issuance, and expires 60 days after it becomes effective.
    (e) The certificate must be completed and returned to the county clerk that issued the license within 10 days of the civil union.
    (f) A copy of the completed certificate from the county clerk or the return provided to the Department of Public Health by a county clerk shall be presumptive evidence of the civil union in all courts.
(Source: P.A. 96-1513, eff. 6-1-11.)

750 ILCS 75/35

    (750 ILCS 75/35)
    Sec. 35. Duties of the county clerk.
    (a) Before issuing a civil union license to a person who resides and intends to continue to reside in another state, the county clerk shall satisfy himself or herself by requiring affidavits or otherwise that the person is not prohibited from entering into a civil union or substantially similar legal relationship by the laws of the jurisdiction where he or she resides.
    (b) Upon receipt of the certificate, the county clerk shall notify the Department of Public Health within 45 days. The county clerk shall provide the Department of Public Health with a return on a form furnished by the Department of Public Health and shall substantially consist of the following items:
        (1) a copy of the application signed and attested to
    
by the applicants, except that in any county in which the information provided in a civil union application is entered into a computer, the county clerk may submit a computer copy of the information without the signatures and attestations of the applicants;
        (2) the license number;
        (3) a copy of the certificate; and
        (4) the date and location of the civil union.
    (c) Each month, the county clerk shall report to the Department of Public Health the total number of civil union applications, licenses, and certificates filed during the month.
    (d) Any official issuing a license with knowledge that the parties are thus prohibited from entering into a civil union shall be guilty of a petty offense.
(Source: P.A. 96-1513, eff. 6-1-11.)

750 ILCS 75/40

    (750 ILCS 75/40)
    Sec. 40. Certification. A civil union may be certified: by a judge of a court of record; by a retired judge of a court of record, unless the retired judge was removed from office by the Judicial Inquiry Board, except that a retired judge shall not receive any compensation from the State, a county, or any unit of local government in return for the solemnization of a civil union and there shall be no effect upon any pension benefits conferred by the Judges Retirement System of Illinois; by a judge of the Court of Claims; by a county clerk in counties having 2,000,000 or more inhabitants; by a public official whose powers include solemnization of marriages; or in accordance with the prescriptions of any religious denomination, Indian Nation or Tribe or Native Group, provided that when such prescriptions require an officiant, the officiant be in good standing with his or her religious denomination, Indian Nation or Tribe or Native Group. The person performing a civil union shall complete the certificate and forward it to the county clerk within 10 days after a civil union.
(Source: P.A. 96-1513, eff. 6-1-11.)

750 ILCS 75/45

    (750 ILCS 75/45)
    Sec. 45. Dissolution; declaration of invalidity. Any person who enters into a civil union in Illinois consents to the jurisdiction of the courts of Illinois for the purpose of any action relating to a civil union even if one or both parties cease to reside in this State. A court shall enter a judgment of dissolution of a civil union if at the time the action is commenced it meets the grounds for dissolution set forth in Section 401 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. The provisions of Sections 401 through 413 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act shall apply to a dissolution of a civil union. The provisions of Sections 301 through 306 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act shall apply to the declaration of invalidity of a civil union.
(Source: P.A. 96-1513, eff. 6-1-11.)

750 ILCS 75/50

    (750 ILCS 75/50)
    Sec. 50. Application of the Civil Practice Law. The provisions of the Civil Practice Law shall apply to all proceedings under this Act, except as otherwise provided in this Act. A proceeding for dissolution of a civil union or declaration of invalidity of a civil union shall be entitled "In re the Civil Union of ... and ...". The initial pleading in all proceedings under this Act shall be denominated a petition. A responsive pleading shall be denominated a response. All other pleadings under this Act shall be denominated as provided in the Civil Practice Law.
(Source: P.A. 96-1513, eff. 6-1-11.)

750 ILCS 75/55

    (750 ILCS 75/55)
    Sec. 55. Venue. The proceedings shall be had in the county where the petitioner or respondent resides or where the parties' certificate of civil union was issued, except as otherwise provided herein, but process may be directed to any county in the State. Objection to venue is barred if not made within such time as the respondent's response is due. In no event shall venue be deemed jurisdictional.
(Source: P.A. 96-1513, eff. 6-1-11.)

750 ILCS 75/60

    (750 ILCS 75/60)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-597)
    Sec. 60. Reciprocity. A marriage between persons of the same sex, a civil union, or a substantially similar legal relationship other than common law marriage, legally entered into in another jurisdiction, shall be recognized in Illinois as a civil union.
(Source: P.A. 96-1513, eff. 6-1-11.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-597)
    Sec. 60. Respect for marriages and civil unions entered into in other jurisdictions. A civil union, or a substantially similar legal relationship other than common law marriage, legally entered into in another jurisdiction, shall be recognized in Illinois as a civil union. A marriage, whether of the same sex or different sexes and providing that it is not a common law marriage, legally entered into in another jurisdiction, shall be recognized in this State as a marriage in accordance with the provisions of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, except that Section 216 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act shall not apply to marriages of same-sex couples validly entered into in another jurisdiction.
(Source: P.A. 98-597, eff. 6-1-14.)

750 ILCS 75/65

    (750 ILCS 75/65)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 65. Voluntary conversion of civil union to marriage.
    (a) Parties to a civil union may apply for and receive a marriage license and have the marriage solemnized and registered under Section 209 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, provided the parties are otherwise eligible to marry and the parties to the marriage are the same as the parties to the civil union. The fee for application for a marriage license shall be waived in such circumstances.
    (b) For a period of one year following the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly, parties to a civil union may have their civil union legally designated and recorded as a marriage, deemed effective on the date of solemnization of the civil union, without payment of any fee, provided the parties' civil union has not been dissolved and there is no pending proceeding to dissolve the civil union. Upon application to a county clerk, the parties shall be issued a marriage certificate. The parties' signatures on the marriage certificate and return of the signed certificate for recording shall be sufficient to convert the civil union into a marriage. The county clerk shall notify the Department of Public Health within 45 days by furnishing a copy of the certificate to the Department of Public Health.
    (c) When parties to a civil union have married, or when their civil union has been converted to a marriage under this Section, the parties, as of the date stated on the marriage certificate, shall no longer be considered in a civil union, but rather shall be in a legal marriage.
(Source: P.A. 98-597, eff. 6-1-14.)

750 ILCS 75/90

    (750 ILCS 75/90)
    Sec. 90. Severability. If any part of this Act or its application to any person or circumstance is adjudged invalid, the adjudication or application shall not affect the validity of this Act as a whole or of any other part.
(Source: P.A. 96-1513, eff. 6-1-11.)