— On June 30, Illinois became the seventh U.S. state to legalize same-gender marriage.
The U.N. Human Rights Council declared that “same-sex couples should be treated as full members of the human family, with equal rights and responsibilities.”
But while Illinois has a long history of recognizing same-Gender marriage, few know that it is also the only state in the country that does not recognize the legal definition of marriage.
And for years, the state has been unable to provide any details about how its laws will be interpreted.
While the state legislature may eventually pass legislation to change its laws, it is unclear how that legislation will be enacted.
The Illinois Supreme Court ruled that the state’s ban on same-Sex marriage violates the Illinois Constitution, a decision that is now being appealed to the state Supreme Court.
“We are concerned that the Illinois Supreme Courts decision does not give us a clear understanding of the legal status of the relationship between a man and a woman in Illinois,” said Jeff Zirkin, legal director of Equality Illinois, which advocates for equality for LGBT people.
The court’s decision, issued June 21, is the first time a state has declared same- Sex marriage legal.
Although it is the second time in U.