102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 2/19/2021, by Rep. Ann M. Williams
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Amends the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.
Provides that upon completion of an affidavit provided by the county
clerk, a person, still currently married, may request a certificate of the
person's current marriage free of any gender identifying language.
Provides that the request shall not permanently change the gender
identifying language in the clerk's records, and the affidavit and
issuance shall be kept in the permanent records of the clerk. Provides that
if 2 parties currently married request a marriage certificate with gender
identifiers changed, both parties shall appear before the clerk, indicate
consent, and complete an affidavit. Provides that if a county provides a
certified record, photocopy, or reproduction of an original license in
lieu of a summary data sheet, the county clerk shall work with the
Department of Public Health to develop a new certificate that can be issued
in lieu of a reproduction of the prior record. Provides that when a clerk
issues a nongendered marriage certificate, the certificate shall not
include any language indicating it has been amended nor that it is not a
true and accurate record of the facts stated therein.
A BILL FOR
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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:
The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of
Marriage Act is amended by adding Section 221 as follows:
(750 ILCS 5/221 new)
Request for changing or removing gender
identifying language on a marriage certificate.
(a) Upon completion of an affidavit provided by the county
clerk and confirmation of identity, a person, still currently
married, may request a certificate of the person's current
marriage free of any gender identifying language. The person
may request a change from terms such as "bride" and "groom" to
a nongendered term such as "spouse" or a variant of "Spouse 1"
or "Spouse A". Upon such request, both parties shall be listed
with a nongendered identifier on a certificate. The request
shall not permanently change the gender identifying language
in the clerk's records, and the affidavit and issuance shall
be kept in the permanent records of the clerk.
(b) If 2 parties currently married request a marriage
certificate with gender identifiers changed, such as "bride"
to "groom" or "groom" to "bride", both parties shall appear
before the clerk, indicate consent, and complete an affidavit.