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Civil Unions

Are you and your partner preparing to enter into a civil union as a result of the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act that becomes effective June 1, 2011?

Will the "Windy City" of Chicago be the setting for your civil union?

When it comes to the ceremony, do you want to worry less and relax more?

Then allow me, Judge John G. Laurie, to officiate on your special day.

The Act permits all committed couples to enter into a civil union, as well as granting equal access for all committed couples to the state's 600+ spousal benefits and protections.

If you are seeking a meaningful, genuine ceremony to underscore this long-awaited equality under the law, then please allow me to certify your civil union. I am available to discuss your plans and assist you with your ceremonial format.

Understanding the solemnity of this landmark event, it will be my goal to support you on your special day.

I have a traditional ceremony that can be modified to include either religious or secular formats. If you wish, you may also use your own vows or make modifications to my standard formats. You may also provide your own style of ceremony including poetry, candle-lighting, music or another traditional ritual you prefer.

The first step is to speak with you by telephone so that we can discuss your plans. There is no cost to call and talk to me about what you are interested in and how it can be accomplished. The best time to call is any week day after 2:00 PM or anytime on the weekend subject to my performing other ceremonies.

My fee does vary depending upon the date, time, location and length of the ceremony. I will gladly quote you a price after the initial telephone consultation.

In general, my fee for a downtown Chicago ceremony will range from $175 to $300.

The fee for other Chicagoland locations, including suburbs, will vary based upon date, time and distance, but is usually between $250 and $450.

Holidays or Holiday Weekend dates in any location, require a specific quote. Ceremonies aboard boats also require a specific quote.

Please try to contact me as much in advance as possible, in order to reserve my services for your special date.

A $100 deposit is required in order to reserve a specific date.

For More Information About Civil Unions

Below are links for further information regarding Civil Unions from the Cook County Clerk's office...

Cook County Clerk's Office - Civil Union Licenses Web Page

Cook County Clerk's - Civil Union Law Highlights Sheet (PDF: 2 pages / 127KB)