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Couples of the same sex can now legally wed in the state of Illinois.
The law took effect on Sunday, but most clerks said they plan to issue licenses the following day.
Gay-rights advocacy group Equality Illinois predicts that about 1,300 marriage licenses have been issued since Governor Pat Quin signed the law back in November. The group's CEO, Bernard Cherkasov called Sunday a “history-making day in Illinois.”
Same-sex couples who already have civil unions will be able to convert them into marriage licenses with the date on which they had their civil union ceremonies.
Lake County Clerk Willard Helander issued the county's first civil union three years ago. She expects “quite a few” couples will be showing up Monday morning to obtain their marriage license.
Chief Deputy County Clerk Paul Hinds in DuPage County predicts that there will be a morning rush on Monday, with same-sex couples hurrying in to convert their unions to licenses.
— WSBT (@WSBT) November 21, 2013
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