Bruce Rauner, Governor

State Links Skip to Content Skip to State Links

 Health & Safety
 Family & Home
 About Illinois

Stay Informed

Your Government

Illinois Flag Honors

Inspector General

 IGNN: State/All Press Release

The State of Illinois News page provides access to the Illinois Government News Network and all state press releases.

March 4, 2014

Governor Quinn Statement on State’s Immediate Recognition of Marriage Equality
Attorney General Provides Guidance that Any Prohibition on Marriage Equality is Unconstitutional

SPRINGFIELD – Attorney General Lisa Madigan today provided guidance to every county clerk in Illinois that marriage equality should be the law of Illinois effective immediately.

Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement on the state’s immediate recognition of marriage equality for all:

“Nobody should have to wait for equal rights when it comes to love. I encourage every county clerk in Illinois to quickly follow the Attorney General’s guidance.

“Following this guidance, the Illinois Department of Public Health will now accept all marriage licenses issued by any county clerk in Illinois.”

Under current law, the public health department helps ensure that new marriages comply with state laws.

Last month a federal court ruled that all couples who are married in Cook County will receive the rights and protections of marriage effective immediately, rather than having to wait until June 1, the initial effective date of the historic legislation.

Governor Quinn pushed for marriage equality throughout the 2013 legislative session. He signed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act on Nov. 20 at the UIC Forum in Chicago in front of a crowd of thousands, making Illinois the 16th state in the nation to embrace full marriage equality.


News Categories

 Governor's Office
 Lt. Governor's Office
 Economic Development
 Flag Honors
 Health/Human Services
 Opportunity Returns

News Resources

 Search the News
 IIS Radio News
 RSS News Feeds
 e-News Subscriptions
 Communications Office
 Privacy Statement


Sign up for an e-news subscription
Copyright © 2017 State of Illinois Site Map | Illinois Privacy Info | Kids Privacy | Web Accessibility | Contact Us