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Illinois Reacts To Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

Jun 26, 2015
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Chicago's Pride Parade wasn't until Sunday, but crowds turned out before then to celebrate the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel got emotional while addressing a crowd and thanking them for speaking up and speaking out over the years. Emanuel calls the decision a "victory for America's true values of treating everyone equally under the law.''

Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois says the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage is "another step in the march toward equal rights.''

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It's been one year since Illinois' same-sex marriage law went into effect.

Some counties began issuing same-sex licenses before the June 1, 2014 start date, including DeKalb and Cook counties.

More than 7,200 same-sex couples have been married in Cook County since Feb. 21, 2014, including 1,600 conversions of civil unions to marriages.

But DeKalb County officials do not designate whether the couple taking out the license is gay or not.

They're not alone.

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Some Hoosiers will pay close attention today as the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage.

Last year, a federal court found Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional. This year, lawmakers passed a Religious Freedom law that some said allowed discrimination against same-sex couples.

The law was amended, but not before a local and national outcry. That’s why Katie Blair, who’s with the LGBTQ advocacy group Freedom Indiana, doesn’t think Indiana will revert to its old ways no matter how the U-S Supreme Court rules.

State of Wisconsin

Wisconsin will recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages that were performed in the state in June.

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Same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana are unconstitutional. That’s the decision by a U.S. appeals court in Chicago today.

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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. 

Illinois' Same-Sex Marriage Law Takes Effect June 1

May 29, 2014
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Same-sex couples in Illinois will be able to get married starting this weekend.   A new state law takes effect.

Several counties in the state have already begun issuing marriage licenses, whereas some others will start on Friday to accommodate weekend ceremonies.

Mitch Locin -- with Equality Illinois, a gay-rights advocacy group -- says even though licenses were already available in some counties, June 1 is still an important day for Illinois.

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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.

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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. 

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Couples started receiving marriage licenses Friday, within hours of the Cook County Clerk’s announcement that same-sex couples won’t have to wait until June to marry. 

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