Illinois Civil Unions Advisory Question (2012)

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The Illinois Civil Unions Advisory Question did not make the November 2012 ballot in Illinois as a citizen-initiated advisory question. The measure would have asked if a referendum should be held on the state's civil unions law.[1]

The petition drive was initiated in late May 2011 by opponents of a new civil unions law in Illinois which went into effect on June 1, 2011.[1] The new law gives same-sex couples the same state rights as a married man and wife. The state is scheduled to begin issuing licenses for civil unions on June 1.[2]

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See also: Illinois signature requirements

If 298,399 signatures were collected by the May 7 deadline the advisory measure would have appeared on the 2012 statewide ballot. If approved by voters, the proposed constitutional amendment would have reviewed and voted on by the state legislature. If approved by officials, the question will return to voters for a final vote.[1]

Signatures were not filed with the Illinois Secretary of State by the filing deadline, meaning the measure will not appear on this year's ballot.

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