Illinois Becomes 16th State with Marriage Equality as Governor Signs Bill Into Law


Governor Pat Quinn has just signed the Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, making it the 16th state (with the District of Columbia) to legalize same-sex marriage!

California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington state also have marriage equality.


  1. *****overTX says

    Marriage equality is now the law of the land in Illinois…..after a 6 months waiting period…..unless the legislature shortens the time period.

  2. Mike says

    Congratulations! I believe this makes it official that same sex marriage is available to over a THIRD of the people living in the United States and can get married and live normally without traveling out of state. This should make for some very interesting conversations around Thanksgiving tables in America . . .

  3. Tyler says

    Fake Kiwi, you’re really bad at this. The point is to post things that would be believably Kiwi in nature. You’re fooling no one and.

  4. Buster Vanderbunny says

    What a coincidence the the sixteenth state to legalize gay marriage is the home of Lincoln, the sixteenth president.

  5. Francis says

    Almost 40% of America down! Amazing, who could have thought we’d be here so quickly! Things are looking likely to slow down a lot from here, though. New Mexico, we’ll see what happens there with their court case. Most of the rest of states won’t see marriage equality without litigation successes. State-by-state is a rewarding but slow process.

  6. Mike Ryan says

    16 states – Congratulations! Hard to believe but it is happening. This time next year it will be 40 states, if not more. There will be the diehards but they are on the wrong side of history. They will be made the butt (pardon the pun) of every gay joke out there.

  7. FFS says

    Would be a sweeter victory if the religionists could have refrained from putting their stank on it.

    But, that would have required uncharacteristic restraint. So, yeah.

  8. says

    No, FFS, I don’t agree. I listened to a lot of the hate during the Hawaii fight. But it gave me heaping helpings of schadenfreude on top of the joy I would have had anyway, since they ultimately LOST.

  9. Lars says

    Yesterday morning Brian Brown wrote one of his typically hair-on-fire missives. But this time he had something of a point when he indicated that we (equality folks) have had success going after low hanging fruit. But now that those are almost all plucked, our momentum will subside.

    The next states will be hard, mainly because we have to undue dozens of constitutional amendments. Our work is cut out for us…but this has always been a 50 state project, and we can’t pause to bask in the glow of our victories.

  10. says

    The thing wishful-Brian is deliberately missing, @Lars, is that the momentum consists of more than the state-by-state battle–it won’t end up being a 50-state strategy because marriage equality will be back before SCOTUS long before Oklahoma signs on. There is work to be done, for sure, but the claim that 16 states are low-hanging fruit ignores the actual trajectory on the issue, which will continue to move rapidly. The patchwork is unsustainable.

    And, congrats, Illinois!

  11. Jack says


    Shut up and stop being an idiot. The 6 month waiting period is a mechanical aspect of Illinois lawmaking. The earliest it could have gone into effect is Jan 1, but to do that, a higher number of votes would have been needed, which meant the bill probably wouldn’t have passed.

    So, would you rather Illinois have marriage equality in 6 months, or not at all? STFU.