Posted on Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 at 4:20 pm
A same-sex couple from Harrisburg, Illinois is planning to file a joint bankruptcy petition in federal bankruptcy court this Friday. The two were granted a civil union in November, after civil unions were legalized in Illinois in June of last year.
Illinois’s civil union law is intended to afford same-sex couples the same rights as married couples. The Harrisburg couple has met with an attorney and completed their paperwork to file a joint bankruptcy petition, but they say they are well aware that they might have to fight to have their filing accepted by a court.
Bankruptcy is a federal law issue and can only be heard in federal bankruptcy courts. Because federal laws do not recognize same-sex marriage, Illinois state laws and federal laws could contradict in the couple’s joint bankruptcy case. The couple told reporters that if their case is denied, they will appeal the judge’s decision.
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