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Marriage—It's Just Time
Lambda Legal is suing on behalf of 16 same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry in Illinois.
Does the state allow same-sex couples to marry?
Does the state recognize marriages of same-sex couples from other jurisdictions?
Does the state offer any other type of relationship recognition for same-sex couples?
Yes: civil unions.
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State statute prohibits marriage between same-sex couples. See Illinois Compiled Statues, Chapter 750 §§ 5/201, 5/212 and 5/213.1.
Lambda Legal is suing for the freedom to marry in Illinois.
Does state law protect employees in the private sector from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation?
Does state law protect employees in the private sector from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and/or gender expression?
Does state law expressly protect employees of state and local governments from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation?
Does state law expressly protect employees of state and local governments from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and/or gender expression?
All government employees are protected by the U.S. Constitution against irrational discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition, some measure of protection already exists under Title VII based on gender, which has been held to include gender identity and expression.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and several courts have interpreted Title VII to protect transgender employees, and the EEOC has interpreted Title VII to cover sexual orientation discrimination. The Supreme Court has held that the EEOC's interpretations of Title VII are entitled to "great deference."
Second parent adoptions:
State permits individual, joint and second-parent adoption.
See 750 ILCS 50/2. Second-parent adoptions approved in Petition of K.M. 653 N.E.2d 888 (Ill. App. 1995); reaffirmed in In re C.M.A., 715 N.E.2d 674 (Ill. App. 1999).
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