Gay Marriage Bill Signed
Updated: Thursday, December 5 2013, 05:35 PM CST
With a stroke of the pen, Gov. Pat Quinn made Illinois the 16th state in the union to legalize same-sex marriage.
It became official this afternoon at a signing ceremony at the University of Illinois - Chicago.
State leaders from both sides of the aisle joined together with families and couples around the state to witness the historic event.
Thousands of supporters were also on hand, in very good spirits, to see the bill finally become law.
"That's what we're celebrating today," Quinn said. "The triumph of democracy. The triumph of government for the people. We believe in liberty and equality, and we're making sure that's part of our law."
Same-sex couples can apply for marriage licenses starting June 1.
An interesting side note: the governor had a desk reportedly used by Abraham Lincoln taken to Chicago for the signing. We're told IDOT crews moved the priceless antique.
We're still waiting for specifics on what it costs to insure and move that desk. We'll let you know what we find out.