Same-sex couples in dozens of Illinois counties are now free to get marriage licenses for the first time in state history. While the state’s new gay marriage law took effect Sunday, today is the first business day many county clerks are issuing the licenses.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois Wednesday. Some conservative churches are already rewriting their bylaws to guard against possible lawsuits by gay rights activists.
Illinois Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, an outspoken supporter of gay rights, is getting flak for abruptly cancelling the Capitol Hill meeting room reservation for a symposium hosted by a socially conservative group.