same-sex marriage

Same-Sex Marriage
6:01 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Early Same-Sex Marriages Offer First Tests Of New State Law

Signs at a civil unions rally in Sycamore, IL
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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. 

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Same-Sex Marriage
5:05 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Illinois' Same-Sex Marriage Law Takes Effect June 1

Civil Union supporters gather on the DeKalb County Courthouse steps during a 2011 rally.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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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Judge rules no more wait
4:47 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Now Available In DeKalb County

Civil Union supporters gather on the DeKalb County Courthouse steps during a 2011 rally.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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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-Illinois
5:23 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Second Illinois County Begins Issuing Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples

Marissa Meli, 28, and Laura Meli, 27, have been in a relationship for more than eight years, and on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 became the first same-sex couple outside of Cook County to get a marriage license.
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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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Same-Sex Marriage
2:17 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Wedding Bells Can Ring Earlier For Cook County Same-Sex Couples

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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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Governor signs Marriage equality law
6:17 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Right To Same-Sex Marriage Is Now Law In Illinois

Governor Pat Quinn's signature on the document making same-sex marriage legal in Illinois.
Credit @GovernorQuinn, Twitter

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. 

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:39 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Quinn To Sign Same-Sex Marriage Bill Today

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Later today, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is set to sign a bill legalizing gay marriage.

Illinois will be the sixteenth state in the U.S. to allow same-sex marriages.

Now, the new reality of gay marriage in Illinois is prompting both hope - and concern - for the future.

When Bill Kelley first moved here from Missouri as a teenager, Illinois was a very different place for gay men like him. Kelley was around when Illinois became the first state to repeal its anti-sodomy laws a couple years later.

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Government
5:26 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Converting Civil Unions Into Gay Marriages

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The soon-to-be same-sex marriage law in Illinois will not affect civil unions. But gay couples in such a union will have an opportunity to convert their certificate.

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Senate Bill 10
6:16 am
Wed November 6, 2013

#15: Illinois Soon To Be Latest Same-Sex Marriage State

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Illinois will be the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage, after the state House and Senate approved  legislation (SB10) today.  Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign it into law, and same-sex couples can marry starting next June.

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4:18 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Illinois House Approves Same-Sex Marriage

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Same-sex marriage took a big step toward becoming law in Illinois today. The Illinois House of Representatives approved gay marriage in a narrow vote. 

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