State News
7:13 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Il Gay rights activists say Supreme Court ruling on DOMA is bittersweet

Expect a raucous time at this weekend's annual Pride Parade in Chicago. Gay right activists will celebrate the death of "DOMA," or the Defense of Marriage Act. Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling declaring the Act unconstitutional is a major victory for advocates, who had a disappointing spring in Illinois. 

The House of Representatives adjourned in late May without taking a vote on a measure to legalize gay marriage in the state. Activists say they're hopeful the federal ruling will put additional pressure on state legislators to pass a law. In the meantime, figuring out just what the ruling means for same sex couples is tricky. Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky explains.