Gay marriage law takes effect in Illinois
CHICAGO (AP) — Gay and lesbian couples across Illinois can be legally wed as the Midwestern state becomes the latest in the U.S. to allow same-sex marriage.
June 1 marks the first day all of Illinois’ 102 counties can issue the licenses to same-sex couples. It’s also the first day couples statewide who have civil unions can ask to convert those to a marriage.
Sunday’s celebration is anticlimactic for some, because 16 counties began issuing marriage licenses following a February federal court ruling.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed the law in November. Equality Illinois, a gay-rights advocacy group, estimates about 1,300 same-sex licenses have been issued since then.
Bernard Cherkasov is the group’s CEO. He calls Sunday “a history-making day in Illinois.”