Gay couples in Illinois will be able to convert their civil unions into a same-sex marriage. When the soon-to-be signed bill goes into effect next June, homosexuals couples in a civil union will have two options. Keep their current status, or change their certificate into one that says marriage. Melanie Arnold with the Department of Public Health and Vital Records says the agency needs to work with County clerks to sort out details.
"This just passed through the General Assembly so we're going to be looking at the conversion process overall."
Language in the bill says the conversion without a new ceremony or a fee happens only in the first year of the new law. Other observers say gay couples in a civil union should research how the change would affect their financial situation, before they seek a marriage license.
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