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Lt. Governor Simon attends landmark marriage equality signing 

 
CHICAGO – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon on Wednesday joined Governor Pat Quinn, numerous elected officials, advocates and members of the public to take part in the historic signing of legislation making Illinois the 16th state in the nation to recognize full marriage equality.

“Today is a proud and historic day for Illinois,” said Simon. “This is a momentous step toward fairness and equality. I am excited to be a part of this event and can’t wait to start receiving wedding invitations.”

Passed by the Illinois General Assembly on Nov. 5, this landmark legislation will provide equal access to the status, benefits, protections, rights, and responsibilities of civil marriage for all couples and their children in Illinois.

Though Illinois already has civil unions, only marriage affords couples the ability to file joint tax returns, participate in spousal Social Security and veterans’ benefits, and benefit under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Civil unions will be able to be converted to marriages within a year of the law going into effect.