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Illinois governor signs two bills safeguarding LGBTQ+ rights

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Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed two payments on Friday safeguarding LGBTQ+ rights within the state.

HB 1591 amends the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. The Act beforehand prohibited out of state {couples} from acquiring and Illinois marriage license. The language earlier than modification said, “no marriage shall be contracted on this State by a celebration residing and desiring to proceed to reside in one other state or jurisdiction.” The modification will now permit {couples} from exterior the state to obtain a wedding license.

The modification in HB 1591 works together with the federal Respect for Marriage Act handed in 2022. Below federal regulation, states at the moment are required to acknowledge authorized marriages carried out in one other state, together with same-sex marriages. Congress passed the Respect for Marriage Act attributable to issues the Supreme Courtroom might overturn Obergefell v. Hodges, which held that state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. A extra conservative Supreme Courtroom indicated of their decision eliminating a federal proper to abortion that different rights prolonged underneath marriage and privateness, together with Obergefell, could also be reviewed.

Pritzker additionally signed HB 1596. The invoice amends the Kids and Household Providers Act by eradicating gender particular pronouns. The removing of female and male pronouns is meant to make the statute extra inclusive and consultant.

Illinois stands in distinction to many different states advancing anti-LGBTQ+ laws. Over 500 anti-LGBTQ+ legal guidelines have been launched in 2023 up to now—a document excessive—with greater than 70 changing into regulation, double the quantity of anti-LGBTQ+ payments that turned regulation final 12 months. Human Rights Marketing campaign (HRC), an LGBTQ+ rights group, just lately declared a state of emergency for LGBTQ+ individuals within the US.

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