Quinn says he'll sign bill before end of month

Published 11/06 2013 04:21PM

Updated 11/06 2013 05:23PM

SPRINGFIELD -- The bill allowing same-sex couple to marry in Illinois is now sitting on Governor Quinn's desk. He says he doesn't want to wait long to sign it.

Tuesday, lawmakers gave the green light to a marriage equality bill. Now, we have a better idea of when the governor might make it law.

Governor Quinn says he couldn't be prouder that Illinois will be the 15th state to recognize same-sex marriages. He says he plans to sign the measure into law by the end of the month.

Because the version lawmakers passed Tuesday doesn't carry an immediate effective date, it's not crucial he sign it right away. Couples will still be able to marry starting June 1, 2014 whether he signs it Wednesday or a month from now.

Quinn says so many people have worked so hard on the issue, he wants to make sure he does the bill-signing some justice. There was a big celebration at the governor's mansion Tuesday night.

A lot of couples are getting a jump-start on June. Representative Sam Yingling (D), from northern Illinois, popped the question to his partner.

President Obama expressed deep pride in his home state following the vote. He told reporters:

        I applaud the men and women of the Illinois General Assembly,
        a body in which I was proud to serve, for voting to legalize marriage
        equality in my home state. As President, I have always believed that
        gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally under
        the law.

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