Equality Illinois realizes that even though some LGBT couples would like to have a religious ceremony, not all officiants would like a religious ceremony for an LGBT couple. They’ve put together a list of officiants who really don’t care that neither of you will be wearing a dress to save everybody time. You can make it official starting June 1, so don’t come crying to me that you can’t find someone to marry you in a month.
Same-sex marriage was passed by the Illinois General Assembly on November 20, 2013 and will be available on June 1, 2014
The Social Security Administration announced on Friday that it will begin offering partner benefits to same-sex couples, but BuzzFeed reports the benefits will not be applied as consistently as some other federal benefits available to same-sex couples since the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act. For now only married same-sex couples who live in a state that recognizes their marriages will be eligible to receive the Social Security spousal benefit.
In just the past year, six states legalized same-sex marriage though the political process. Legislatures are being pressed in three other states that are likely to follow suit: New Jersey, Hawaii and Illinois. In Oregon, an effort to reverse a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage through a November 2014 ballot measure is under way. Challenges to similar bans in Nevada, Colorado and Ohio could be in store for November 2016.