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Gay Marriage Takes Full Effect Today in Illinois!

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Even though it’s Sunday, many county offices are OPEN today for those who want to get their marriage license!

For today, June 1st, 2014, Marriage Equality is in full effect and legal in Illinois!

Gay and lesbian couples across Illinois can now legally wed as the state becomes the latest in the nation to allow same-sex marriage.

Sunday’s celebration is anticlimactic for some, because 16 counties began issuing marriage licenses following a February federal court ruling.

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.

There’s no official number on how many couples have wed so far under the law Gov. Pat Quinn signed in November. But Equality Illinois, a gay-rights advocacy group, estimates about 1,300 same-sex licenses have been issued.

Bernard Cherkasov is the group’s CEO. He calls Sunday “a history-making day in Illinois.”

Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2014/06/01/3235444/gay-marriage-now-legal-statewide.html#storylink=cpy
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