The Chicago Tribune posted an article about a different-sex couple in a civil union who applied for health insurance and were denied. The recently passed civil union law does not specify that a couple in a civil union need to be a same-sex couple in order to apply for the same benefits as married couples. The Chicago Tribune spoke with the ACLU of Illinois' LGBT and HIV Project Director John Knight:
"The intent of the law was to allow same-sex and different-sex couples to be provided equality with respect to married couples," Knight said. "I do think it's bad policy in that it sets out discrimination.
"I assume the reasoning is that different-sex couples can get married," Knight added.