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.
A judge today threw out a challenge to a lawsuit filed by supporters of same-sex marriage. 25 same-sex couples are suing the state because they were denied marriage licenses. They’re challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Violators of the social host law, which takes effect on January 1, 2013, will be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor and subject to a fine of not less than $500.00 when they knowingly authorize or permit underage drinking in their home.