A heterosexual couple who are in a civil union in Illinois want to get married.

Asked almost 2 years ago - Worth, IL

I'm female and my boyfriend and I filed for a civil union in Illinois and now we want to get married to each other. Do we have to get the Civil Union dissolved before we can apply for a marriage license in Illinois?

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  1. Gary L. Schlesinger

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    Answered . without doing a bunch of legal research, i think not. you could go get a marriage license, get married. that should dissolve the civil union as the marriage is of greater status than the civil union.

    i doubt that there is any law on this. the civil union statute says nothing about this.

    the marriage act says a prohibited marriage is one in which either party is married to someone else and that marriage is not dissolved. a civil union is not a marriage.

    based on a quick reading of the statutes, i say go for it.

  2. Wes Cowell

    Contributor Level 18

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    Answered . No., Get married. Congratulations.

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