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.