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Equality Illinois lists clergy ready to officiate same-sex wedding ceremonies

Equality Illinois lists clergy ready to officiate same-sex wedding ceremonies

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois, an LGBT advocacy group, has put together a list of religious clergy who are ready to perform same-sex marriages.

A program and an Illinois rainbow flag is placed on a seat for spectators who witnessed Gov. Pat Quinn sign the marriage bill into law.
A program and an Illinois rainbow flag is placed on a seat for spectators who witnessed Gov. Pat Quinn sign the marriage bill into law on Nov. 20, 2013.

A state law legalizing same-sex marriage takes effect June 1. However, some counties are already issuing marriage licenses after a federal judge ruled Illinois’ original ban was unconstitutional.

Equality Illinois said Thursday it has posted a pamphlet on its website listing Christian, Jewish, Muslim religious leaders ready to officiate same-sex weddings.

“Many couples who have waited – in some cases for decades – to have their love recognized by the state also want to have their marriage vows sanctified in a religious setting,” says group’s CEO, Bernard Cherkasov.

The new law does not require clergy members to officiate same-sex marriages.

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