After my Family Law class finished our discussion of civil unions yesterday, a student asked me this puzzler:
In Illinois, what happens if an opposite-sex couple in a civil union wants to convert their legal status to marriage? How do they do that?
OK, I don’t know. They could for sure dissolve their union just as a married couple would — that is, by divorcing, complete with all required legal procedures — but is there an easier way? I don’t know. Should there be? Probably, since the change in legal status isn’t that great (unlike the change in social meaning, which is vast).
Another tricky issue that Illinois created when it allowed opposite-sex couples to civilly unite. The hits keep coming.