Same-sex couples in Illinois are now able to get marriage licenses. Federal court rulings late last year allowed some couples in several counties to get married early - if one person in the relationship was terminally ill.
Signs at a civil unions rally in Sycamore, IL
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Alex Keefe reports on same-sex couples allowed to marry before the June 1 start date.
Same-sex couples in DeKalb County don't have to wait until June 1st to get a marriage license. That was the decision approved by a judge today, and means couples can begin applying for licenses immediately.
Champaign County issued its first marriage license to a same-sex couple Wednesday, the second county in Illinois to do so. Laura and Marissa Meli are University of Illinois law students who've been a couple for eight years.
Governor Pat Quinn took many pens in hand this afternoon and signed the same-sex marriage bill into law. The signing ceremony was held at the University of Illinois - Chicago Forum, on a desk brought up from Springfield. That desk is said to have been used by President Abraham Lincoln to write his first inaugural address.