Government
6:00 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Quinn signs IL same-sex marriage bill into law

Illinois is now the sixteenth state to legalize same-sex marriage.  Governor Pat Quinn signed that bill into law at a festive ceremony yesterday Wednesday.  

 The UIC Forum was packed with more than 2-thousand people -many waving little rainbow flags - each bearing the silhouette of the state of Illinois.  The Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus warmed up the crowd with an a-capella rendition of  “America the Beautiful...”

 Democratic Governor Pat Quinn got a standing ovation before making his remarks - where he quoted from Corinthians.

 QUINN: (fade up)...love endures all things. Love never fails. And I’m gonna sign this bill right now! (cheers fade under).

 Quinn then sat down at a wooden desk draped with red, white and blue bunting - a desk once used by Abraham Lincoln - and signed the bill, as Illinois’ most powerful politicians looked on.

 County clerks in Illinois can begin issuing the first marriage licenses to gay couples starting June First.