Same-sex marriage reform

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[dropcap]I[/dropcap]llinois recently made a breakthrough in its social justice agenda. As of June 1, Illinois became the newest state to allow same-sex marriage licenses. For some, the news comes as no surprise due to Gov. Pat Quinn’s signing of the Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act on November 20, 2013, as well as a February Federal Court ruling that declared Illinois’s original ban as unconstitutional.

Since then, sixteen counties began issuing marriage licenses. With the new ruling, however, all of Illinois’s 102 counties may issue same-sex marriage licenses. For many, this means finally being able to convert their civil union contracts into official marriage documents.

Gov. Quinn honored the new statewide marriage equality on Monday, when he attended James Darby and Patrick Bova’s wedding at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). James and Patrick’s wedding was one of many hosted by the MCA in celebration of the new law.

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