CHICAGO (CBS) — Monday is the first day that county clerks throughout the entire state of Illinois must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of the gay rights advocacy group Equality Illinois, said a survey conducted mid-May indicates that all 102 counties are ready and that none intend to put roadblocks in the path of same-sex couples who wish to marry.
Cherkasov said a number of celebrations are scheduled around the state. In Chicago, 15 couples will be married in a ceremony at the Museum of Contemporary Art, with receptions afterward in the MCA galleries and sculpture garden. MCA and Equality Illinois are paying the bill.