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Central Illinois Clerks Grant Civil-Union Licenses

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – County clerks in central Illinois say they’ve issued civil union licenses since state law changed without any fanfare.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that all but one county in the Springfield area has issued a license. Illinois began allowing civil unions for same-sex couples on June 1.

Sangamon County has certified 106 civil unions so far in the last six months. That’s compared to 728 marriage licenses over the same time.

County Clerk Joe Aiello says his office had lots of applicants the first week the law went into effect, but demand has since tapered off.

Equality Illinois says 90 of the state’s 102 counties have granted more than 3,700 civil union licenses.


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