Same-sex couples can now tie the knot in Illinois. Gov. Pat Quinn celebrated the law going into effect by attending the wedding of Patrick Bova and Jim Darby in Chicago. The two have been together for 50 years, were among the first couples in the state to enter into a civil union, and had been the plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking the right to marry. Quinn says both this wedding and signing the law are among the high points of his time in office, warning that they may not have had happened under his Republican opponent in the governor’s race, Bruce Rauner.
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“I didn’t need a referendum to tell me what was the right thing to do,” Quinn said. “The right thing to do was to pass the marriage equality bill, and for me, the governor, to sign it into law.” Rauner has said – and repeated today – that he would have vetoed the bill and put the issue to voters as a ballot referendum. Rauner says he has no plans to try to overturn the law.