In a highly anticipated ruling, the Supreme Court ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.
The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, barring federal recognition of same-sex marriages for purposes such as Social Security survivors' benefits, insurance benefits, immigration and tax filing.
The Illinois House could soon take up a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. Political observers have said this vote will be a tough test for the latest effort to allow gay couples to marry. That remains the case as lawmakers prepare to consider the proposal.
It has been more than a year since civil unions became legal in Illinois. And in that time, more than 5,000 couples have tied the only knot available to same-sex partners. Several DeKalb couples have just celebrated their first legally-recognized anniversary.