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Deb Mell is sworn in as alderman of Chicago's 33rd Ward on July 24, 2013, as her wife Christin Baker holds a Bible for her oath of office. (Credit: CBS)

Deb Mell Announces Her Divorce On Twitter

Ald. Deb Mell announced on Twitter that she is getting a divorce.

07/03/2014

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner: Illinois Voters Should Have Decided Same-Sex Marriage Issue

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says he won’t advocate changing the law now that same-sex marriage is legal.

06/02/2014

Governor Quinn at the wedding of Jim Darby and Patrick Bova at the Museum of Contemporary Art. (Credit: Steve Miller.

Gov. Quinn Attends Wedding Of Same-Sex Couple Together For 50 Years

With gay marriage now the law across the state of Illinois, Governor Quinn has appeared at the Chicago wedding of two men who have been a couple for five decades.

06/02/2014

A same sex wedding cake at the Gay Wedding Show at the Queens Hotel on March 2, 2014 in Leeds, England. Legislation to allow same-sex marriage in England and Wales was passed by Parliament in July 2013 and will come into force on March 23,2014, with the first same-sex marriages taking place on March 29, 2014. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Same-Sex Marriage Law Takes Effect In Illinois

Monday is the first day that county clerks throughout the entire state of Illinois must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

06/02/2014

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Same-Sex Couples Tie Knot As Marriage Law Takes Effect

Same-sex marriage in Illinois is legal and hundreds of couples across the state are taking advantage of the new law.

06/01/2014

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Same-Sex Marriage Law Goes Into Effect Statewide Sunday

Sunday is the day that the law legalizing same-sex marriage takes full effect in Illinois.

05/31/2014

A same sex wedding cake at the Gay Wedding Show at the Queens Hotel on March 2, 2014 in Leeds, England. Legislation to allow same-sex marriage in England and Wales was passed by Parliament in July 2013 and will come into force on March 23,2014, with the first same-sex marriages taking place on March 29, 2014. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Cook County Issues 1,000th Same-Sex Marriage License

Albany Park couple Tom Crisham, 36, and Andrew Rodbro, 38, received the 1000th license Friday afternoon, Clerk David Orr’s office said in a statement.

04/18/2014

Vernita Gray, left, and Patricia Ewert married in November under the state’s new same-sex marriage law. They were the first same-sex couple to wed in Illinois. (CBS)

Gay Rights Activist Vernita Gray Dies

A lesbian activist has died, nearly four months after she made history by becoming one of the first two women to marry each other in Illinois.

03/19/2014

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County Clerks Reluctant To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Despite OK From Attorney General

Cook County is issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples – but at this point, it seems same-sex couples in collar counties will have to wait until June.

03/05/2014

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County Clerks Can Issue Licenses To Gay Couples

Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Tuesday told an Illinois county clerk that he and others around the state have the right to immediately issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

03/04/2014

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Champaign County To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Early

Just days after a federal judge gave Cook County the green light to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses right away, a Republican county clerk from downstate is taking it upon himself to the same in his county.

02/26/2014

Theresa Volpe and Mercedes Santos become the first same-sex couple to marry after a historic court decision in Illinois.(Credit: Suzanne LeMignot)

Dozens Of Same-Sex Couples Get Marriage Licenses

More than 80 same-sex couples from Illinois and have gotten marriage licenses in Cook County, including several from other counties who apparently didn’t want to wait until June 1, when gay marriage becomes legal throughout the state.

02/25/2014

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Same-Sex Couples Line Up To Get Married At County Building

History was being made Saturday at the County Building where same-sex couples were lining up in marriage court to be among the first to tie the knot after a judge decided yesterday there was no reason they should have to wait until the law was to take effect on the first of June, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

02/22/2014

Theresa Volpe and Mercedes Santos become the first same-sex couple to marry after a historic court decision in Illinois.(Credit: Suzanne LeMignot)

Cook County Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses; First Couple Weds

Same-sex couples wasted no time getting marriage licenses on Friday, shortly after a federal judge ruled they don’t have to wait until June to tie the knot in Cook County.

02/21/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Gov. Quinn Says He’s Worked To ‘Rebuild Illinois’

Gov. Pat Quinn focused on ways to create jobs and trumpeted his accomplishments with election-year flair Wednesday in an annual speech that fell on the five-year anniversary of when lawmakers booted his predecessor, now imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, from office.

01/29/2014

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Judge OKs Early Illinois Marriages For Some Gay Couples

A federal court is ordering an Illinois county clerk’s office to issue a marriage license to any same-sex couple who wants to wed immediately because one members has a life-threatening illness.

12/16/2013

Pat Ewert (Left) and Vernita Gray. (Right). (Credit: CBS)

Same-Sex Couple’s Wedding A First For Illinois

Two Chicago women on Wednesday became the first same-sex couple to say their vows in Illinois after a federal judge granted an expedited marriage license because of one woman’s ailing health.

11/27/2013

Pat Ewert (Left) and Vernita Gray. (Right). (Credit: CBS)

Gay Couple Gets OK To Get Married Before Law Takes Effect

A desperate wish is answered for two women who say they can’t wait until next summer to get married.

11/26/2013

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn holds up the Illinois marriage equality bill after signing it into law. (Credit:Scott Olson, Getty)

Governor Quinn Signs Same-Sex Marriage Law

Illinois will soon become the 16th state to allow same-sex couples to marry, as Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to sign gay marriage legislation at a public ceremony at the University of Illinois at Chicago on Wednesday afternoon.

11/20/2013

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Same-Sex Marriage Could Be Boon To Illinois Economy

Big bucks — that’s what this week’s passage of the Illinois same-sex marriage bill may mean for the city and the state. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov explains.

11/07/2013

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