DOMA Rulings to Raise Big Questions for Illinois
LGBT advocates may be making a new case for passing equal marriage legislation in Illinois: cutting down on confusion.
According to legal experts, U.S. Supreme Court rulings effectively striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Prop. 8 ban on same-sex lay out a minefield of questions and problems for same-sex couples in Illinois.
Illinois currently offers civil unions to same-sex couples, a designation that, by state law, is supposed to be the legal equivalent of marriage. But many believe that the effective strike down of DOMA will not help Illinois civil union couples, whose relationships will not be viewed as marriages.
That is causing some legal experts in the state to offer unexpected advice: leave Illinois and get married.
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