Same sex marriage has been signed into law in Illinois.
A crowd of more than 2,000 packed the UIC Forum in Chicago to see Illinois become the 16th state to legalize same sex marriage. The Senate sponsor of the bill, State Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), said while politicians like her were the ones the cameras were pointed at, it is everyday people who deserve credit for getting this bill passed.
“And it is your door knocking, your phone calls, your march on Springfield, your conversations with families, friends, legislators, your donated time and money, your perseverance that brought us to this moment today. Justice could not be denied,” Steans said.
The speakers at the event agreed that supporters should now celebrate their victory. “It’s time to stop planning rallies, and start planning weddings,”said Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon.
The law will go into effect on June 1, 2014, but that date could be moved up under a proposal in the Senate. Lawmakers may vote on that bill when they return to Springfield in the New Year.