Equality Illinois, the statewide LGBT advocacy group, says that in the month of June 1,618 civil union licenses were issued by the state of Illinois. In the first month since the law went into effect, 83 of the 102 Illinois counties have issued licenses to couples. Using those numbers, which the group compiled by contacting each of the county clerks in the state, civil union licenses raised $48,540 in state revenue (each license is $30) since June 1st.
The actual number of couples in a civil union in the state may indeed be much higher, since anyone who entered into a union, marriage, or domestic partnership from another state is automatically recognized as being civil unioned without having to register with the state.
The civil union law grants some state-level rights comparable to married couples including hospital visitation, end of life care & decision making, and property inheritance rights. The law has already hit problems, however, with a controversial decision from the Illinois Department of Revenue that denies couples in civil unions the ability to file joint state tax returns like their married counterparts.
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