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New Study Shows Illinois Civil Unions Not Treated Like Marriages
As the Illinois civil unions law turned one June 1, the nearly 5,000 couples throughout the state who registered for a license over the past year have encountered many legal and everyday life obstacles that reminds them a civil union is different from marriage - the opposite intent of the legislation.

The findings released Friday by a statewide LGBT advocacy group show couples united by civil unions in Illinois faced unequal treatment when filing for taxes, obtaining health insurance, buying a house and even getting a civil union license in some of the 102 state counties.

"As we feared, civil unions have not turned out to be equal to civil marriages," Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, said in a statement. "In area after area, couples were either treated unequally or denied their rights. As we learned in history, separate does not make equal."

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Published on:  June 3, 2012

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