CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn doesn't seem troubled whatsoever that a federal judge overruled a law passed by the state legislature last year. Quinn said he applauds the judge's action setting aside Illinois' the same sex marriage law's effective date as June 1st.
“I applaud U.S. District Court Judge Sharon J. Coleman for her stance in recognizing that ‘there is no reason to delay further’ giving all couples the right to marry in Cook County," Governor Quinn said. "Every county across the state should enjoy the same freedom without having to wait until June.”
Under Judge Coleman's ruling, 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 historic legislation. Governor Quinn signed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act on Nov. 20.
Governor Quinn pushed for marriage equality throughout the 2013 legislative session. In 2011, the Governor signed into law historic civil union legislation. Since then, more than 6,000 couples from across Illinois have joined in a civil union.