As of this morning, Illinois marriage equality is now the law statewide, although county clerk offices won’t open until tomorrow to hand out licenses.
The Washington Blade reports:
A law allowing same-sex couples to marry in Illinois took effect throughout the state on Sunday. The Windy City Times reported a number of public events are scheduled to take place in the Chicago metropolitan area to celebrate the statute taking effect. These include the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Equality Illinois on Monday hosting 15 same-sex couples who will tie the knot. “It is such a historic moment for our state,” Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov told the Washington Blade before the law took effect. “For the first time ever no matter where you live in the state these couples in loving, committed relationships will have their love and family recognized as equal by the law. And that means so much for people.”
Quad City Times notes that those with existing civil unions can backdate their marriage licenses to their civil unions date:
Three years after taking part in a civil union June 2, 2011, with many other couples in Chicago’s Millennium Park, Hartman, 36, and Dickey, 39, will be relieved that they can identify themselves as a married couple with state gay marriage laws taking effect Sunday. “We’re going to be celebrating our three-year (civil union) anniversary by going to City Hall in Rock Island,” said Hartman, who added the couple considered getting married in a different state, such as Iowa, but decided against it. “We decided what we’d really like to do is to have our civil union retroactively turned into a marriage,” Hartman said. “Instead of saying we got a civil union, it will say we got married in 2011.”
The change may be more than symbolic – couples can refile their taxes and claim any additional savings for those three years.
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