same-sex marriage

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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 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. 

Quinn To Sign Same-Sex Marriage Bill Today

Nov 20, 2013
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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.

Converting Civil Unions Into Gay Marriages

Nov 8, 2013
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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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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.