SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says the state is now “on the right side of history,” as same-sex marriage becomes legal.
The Chicago Democrat issued a statement Sunday, the first day of legal same-sex marriage in all of Illinois’ 102 counties.
Gay marriage has had a piecemeal start in Illinois, following a February federal court ruling.
About 16 county clerks have been granting same-sex marriage licenses for months, but others have waited for the June 1 rollout.
Advocate say about 1,300 couples have wed so far. About 6,000 couples have received civil unions since they became legal in 2011.
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