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Same-Sex Marriage law in Illinois begins

The same-sex marriage law takes effect across Illinois Sunday. Since offices are closed on Sunday, marriages are likely to begin Monday, June 2nd.

In Vermilion County, Clerk Lynn Foster says several people have already contacted her office. Foster notes some of those people currently have civil unions.

Other neighboring counties where licenses have been issued include: Champaign, Grundy, McLean and Woodford.

The effective date of the law is June 1, although 16 counties have been allowing same-sex couples to marry already, relying on a court order and the advice of the attorney general.

The group, Equality Illinois, expects a busy day Monday, because people have been waiting for this moment for a very long time, and they don't want to wait any longer.

Illinois has had civil unions for three years, affecting only state law, but after the Supreme Court ruling in the Windsor case last year, married same-sex couples count as married under federal law.

June 1 is Sunday; some county clerks will open their offices to accommodate applicants; others will start issuing licenses Monday.

Counties where county clerks have already issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples are Clinton, Cook, DeKalb, Greene, Hardin, Jackson, Macon, Ogle, Perry, Saint Clair and Wabash.

94.1 WGFA