Notice to Our IL Customers: Civil Unions


Important Notice to Our IL Customers

The Illinois Legislature has approved and the Illinois Governor has signed Public Act 96-15-1513 (750 ILCS 75/1) referred to as the Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act, effective June 1, 2011.

The Illinois Department of Insurance has advised* that:

  • The Act creates a legal relationship between two persons of the same or opposite sex who form a civil union.
  • Parties to a civil union are entitled to the same legal obligations, responsibilities, protections and benefits that are afforded or recognized by the laws of Illinois to spouses.
  • The Law further provides that a party to a civil union shall be included in any definition or use the terms “spouse,” “family,” “immediate family,” “dependant,” “next of kin,” and any other terms descriptive of spousal relationships as those terms are throughout Illinois law. This includes the terms “marriage” or “married,” or variations thereon.
  • If policies of insurance provide coverages for children, the children of civil unions must also be provided coverage.
  • The Act also requires recognition of civil unions or same sex civil unions or marriages legally entered into in other jurisdictions.
*Source: IL DOI Bulletin 2011-06, May 26,2011

Examples of the interaction between the Act and existing law can be found in the Consumer Fact Sheet on the Illinois Insurance Department’s website. Westfield Insurance is complying with this Act on all in-force or new insurance policies subject to the Law, applications for insurance policies and other materials distributed to you, or the handling of a claim.

If this ACT applies to you, or you think it applies to you, please contact your independent insurance agent. Your agent is equipped to answer your inquiries and to assist you with your insurance needs.

We appreciate the trust you have placed in Westfield Insurance to protect your valuable assets. We understand you have a choice when it comes to your insurance and we greatly appreciate you as a customer.

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