(750 ILCS 75/65)
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