Many couples, either heterosexual or homosexual, elect to enter into domestic partnerships in Illinois each day. They intend to gain rights to either health or life insurance benefits, equal parental rights to shared children, or for any number of reasons. Their right to do so was signed into law as Civil Union Law PA 95-1513 and made effective as of June 1, 2011.
On June 1, 2011, Illinois passed the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act. The Act was enacted to give a new legal status to both same-sex and different-sex couples, who are in committed, but unmarried relationships.