Same-sex couples can now legally get married across Illinois. Sunday was the effective date for the new state law that allows same-sex weddings… even though a handful of counties had already been issuing those licenses for months.
Some county clerk offices opened on Sunday to issue those licenses… in Sangamon County, clerk Joe Aiello opted instead to make licenses available on Friday, but demand on Day One was light.
Among the changes brought about by the new law… same-sex couples can now sign up for joint policies through the state health insurance exchange.
Governor Pat Quinn… who signed the same-sex marriage bill… issued a statement saying Illinois is now on the right side of history.
And gay-rights groups criticized Quinn opponent Bruce Rauner, who said last fall that he would have vetoed the bill, because he thought the issue should have gone before voters in a referendum.