A recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling may diminish the rights of unmarried domestic partners. The ruling is being considered a setback for same-sex couples in our state. Primarily, it affects domestic partners who need to go to court in order to resolve a property dispute following a breakup.
The court ruling was issued last Thursday regarding two domestic partners who had been together for almost 30 years and raised children together. The two women broke up in 2008 -- long before the state of Illinois chose to legalize same-sex marriages. In the lawsuit, one of the women -- a Cook County Judge -- wanted a share in her ex-partner's medical practice. In order to do so, however, the woman's attorneys needed to request the Illinois Supreme Court overturn a previous high court ruling in 1979 that barred these kinds of claims by unmarried partners.