Same-sex marriage is now legal in Illinois

The law allowing same-sex marriage in Illinois went into effect Sunday.

Illinois becomes the 19th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Governor Pat Quinn signed the bill last November and it was scheduled to take effect Sunday June.

However , U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman in February ruled gays and lesbians in Cook County, could immediately begin to marry.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said a few weeks later that other county clerks could issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples without waiting until June 1st.

Cook County began issuing marriage licenses in February, however the clerk’s office is closed today.

The office will be open tomorrow to begin changing existing civil unions to marriages for same-sex couples, as well as issuing marriage licenses to couples who plan to have a ceremony.

Same-sex couples have been able to enter into civil unions in Illinois since 2011.

 

Illinois is now among 19 other states and D.C. in which same-sex couples can legally marry.

- See more at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/06/01/ill-sex-marriage-law-takes-effect-statewide/#sthash.7wndaWef.dpuf

Illinois is now among 19 other states and D.C. in which same-sex couples can legally marry.

- See more at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/06/01/ill-sex-marriage-law-takes-effect-statewide/#sthash.7wndaWef.dpuf

Illinois is now among 19 other states and D.C. in which same-sex couples can legally marry.

- See more at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/06/01/ill-sex-marriage-law-takes-effect-statewide/#sthash.7wndaWef.dpuf

22 comments

  • Lamont

    thelogical – it is your kind of ignorance that makes me shake my head. If it is legal then it is a marriage and they are married. Perhaps you don't quite have the words to adequately express what you were trying to say. Would you like to try again?

      • dimensio0

        Have you any rational commentary or, at the very least, statements employing proper grammatical structure and spelling to offer?

      • dimensio0

        I believe that you have confused incoherent, poorly structured ranting and insults with rational argumentation. While I understand that the two concepts may be difficult to differentiate by intellectually stunted individuals such as yourself, they are not actually logically equivalent. Even if you cannot fully distinguish between the two concepts, you should be aware that your baseless insults issued against me do not actually constitute a demonstration that your position is logically sound.

      • dimensio0

        I believe that I now understand your argumentation style. You clearly recognize that your opposition to same-sex marriage lacks any rational justification; as such, you are reacting with anger and frustration due to your inability to present any reasoned argument in support of your intellectually bankrupt advocacy. This explains your continued use of insults despite the fact that insulting others in no way validates your position.

    • thelogicalpositivist

      If the law said your grandmother had wheels, she'd be a wagon, huh? Shake you head at that for awhile.

      • dimensio0

        You are confusing legal definitions with factually incorrect statements. While I understand that a false analogy may be a tempting argumentation method when attempting to justify an intellectually bankrupt position (such as opposition to same-sex marriage), that temptation alone does not actually validate the position.

  • Sad World

    Marriage was around LONG before Christianity and the bible. It makes me laugh when people think NOTHING happened before the bible was written…

    Why aren't more people upset over the fact that the government has control over marriage?

  • dimensio0

    You are confusing religious definition with legal definion. The two concepts are only necessarily logically equivalent in a theocracy. Because the United States of America is not a theocracy, neither the Catholic nor any other specific Christian definition of “marriage” is of any relevance to secular law.

  • dimensio0

    You are confusing your subjective religious beliefs, which are not universally shared, with objective reality. Until and unless you prove that your religious beliefs are perfectly aligned with reality — and you have not yet done so — your religious beliefs cannot be construed as a valid basis for legal policy.

    • Mary

      The objective reality is this, marriage has always been between a man and a woman. They are trying to change the actual definition of marriage.
      A civil union is between same sex couples, very similar to marriage and is recognized by law. It should be left at that. Technically, religion has nothing to do with it. Tradition is tradition.

      I don't understand why people automatically assume if one doesn't support gay marriage, they are labeled as haters. Is that the tactic to the argument? Because if it is, it's a lame one, and has no effect.

      I'm all for civil unions. I understand gay couples should have a legal binding recognized partnership. But as far as marriage goes, the tradition is timeless and should not be changed. There is nothing wrong with a civil union, just as there is nothing wrong with traditional marriage. It's not about intolerance, it's about tradition.

      Peace.

      • dimensio0

        Appeal to tradition is a logical fallacy, and not a valid basis for legal inequality.

        Same-sex marriage opponents have historically opposed even “civil unions”; they have authored prohibitions against any form of legal recognition of same-sex unions, including “civil unions” into state marriage bans and even into proposed federal Constitutional amendments. No reason exists to believe that settling for a weaker form of legal protection will placate those who oppose same-sex marriage.

      • Mary

        I guess in some way, we are in agreement. I believe they should have legal equality. My only problem here is basically changing the definition of marriage.
        I totally agree that they should have the same rights legally, as married people.

    • Mary

      One more thing, your opinion on what subjective beliefs and objective reality is, is just that, your opinion. To many, "objective reality" is Christianity, their reality. Just as to them, your subjective beliefs (your objective reality) not believing in God, is your reality. Although historical relics have been brought forward, no one can really prove God exists, just as no one can prove God doesn't exist.

      Peace.

  • Mike Payne

    Their "Marriage License" proves that they ARE Married, what you think is just that – "what you think"!

    And your "thoughts" have N O bearing whatsoever on them, their situation, or their Happiness — now do they?

    C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S to all of them — and Much Happiness Always…….

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