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The court and Illinois marriage law

The court and Illinois marriage law

On Nov. 20, 2013, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois. Since then, several thousand gay couples have gotten married here. That doesn't mean the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that legalized gay marriage nationwide isn't a big deal here. Friday's decision means gay couples who wed in Illinois are considered legally married in all 50 states. It means they can travel freely without worrying about their legal rights and protections. In its decision, the court noted the division among states and the uncertainty it has created for legally married gay couples. That was part of the reason the court decided to take up an appellate court case...

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