CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois became the 16th state to allow same-sex couples to marry, as Gov. Pat Quinn signed the legislation at a public ceremony at the University of Illinois at Chicago on Wednesday afternoon.
Thousands of same-sex couples and other supporters packed into the UIC Forum to witness the historic signing.
“This is a basic issue of human rights,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
Quinn signed the law at a desk once used by President Abraham Lincoln. The desk was where Lincoln penned his 1861 inaugural address.
“It’s a triumph of democracy,” Quinn said.
“There is no straight or gay marriage in Illinois,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “There is only marriage.”