Freedom to Marry in Illinois

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On behalf of nine Illinois couples seeking recognition for their shared love and commitment, the ACLU is challenging the constitutionality of Illinois' law that denies gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry.

Illinois' current law excludes gay and lesbian couples from the recognition and protections that come with the universally recognized relationship status of marriage, and limits them instead to a separate civil union status. Marriage would best recognize and secure the future of these couples' families, while civil unions perpetuate the myth that their committed relationships are undeserving of the respect associated with marriage.

Six states and the District of Columbia now allow same-sex couples to marry.



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