Festivities mark milestone for couples across the state
Chicago,Â ILÂ â€“ Lt. Governor Sheila Simon celebrated with 32 couples in Chicagoâ€™s Millennium ParkÂ yesterday as they entered into the stateâ€™s first civil unions.
June 1 was the first day that a civil union license could be obtained at county clerk offices throughout the state. By law, all marriage and civil union licensees must wait a day before a union ceremony may be performed. Illinois is the sixth state in the nation to recognize civil unions.
Simon said: â€œToday we honor the commitment and courage of those who worked toÂ make this day a reality. We recognize the couples and families that are now protected under our state law. And we look forward to the day that other states and the federal government decide to celebrate with us and take this important step toward marriage equality.â€