Gay marriages began yesterday in Illinois, statewide

Yesterday was the first day that marriages of gay couples became legal in all of Illinois’ counties.

While some counties began issuing same-sex marriage licenses months ago, the legislation required them to begin June 1, 2014 in all counties, so yesterday was the first day that they became available statewide.

Midwest Regional Director Jim Bennett and #IL Gov. Quinn with lead plaintiffs Jim and Patrick during their wedding.

Midwest Regional Director Jim Bennett and #IL Gov. Quinn with lead plaintiffs Jim and Patrick during their wedding.

It’s almost kind of funny that I’m having a hard time keeping track of the number of stats that now permit marriages of gay couples, since we have so many court cases where we’ve won, but pending appeal the marriages were stopped, or in the case of Illinois where not all the counties conducted the marriages until yesterday. That’s one sign of success, having a hard time counting our victories.

Windy City Times, the Chicago gay paper, has some great coverage of yesterday’s marriages.

In the meantime, gay leaders in the state all calling on the Republican gubernatorial candidate, Bruce Rauner, to recant on his public opposition to marriage equality for gay couples.

You might recall that the Illinois GOP has has had some problems of late with a conservative fringe trying to purge the party, including sacking the former head of the state party for expressing his support for gay couples marrying.  Though, Illinois’ Republican Senator Mark Kirk did announce his support recently.

GOP Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) sporting his summer finest at a White House picnic.

GOP Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) sporting his summer finest at a White House picnic.

Also opposed is Illinois’ uber-conservative member of the US House, Aaron Schock, who keeps having gay-friendly wardrobe malfunctions in his Instagram and Twitter accounts. Schock, who is young, hot, quite into his body and nice clothes, never seen dating women, and about whom rumors abound in DC, maintains that he’s not gay.

It was thought that Schock was going to run for governor, but then poof!; his expected candidacy evaporated like a summer snowflake in Ptown.


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