Same-sex couples legally marry in Peoria

By WEEK Producer

June 2, 2014 Updated Jun 3, 2014 at 9:09 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Same-sex couples in Illinois could legally marry as of Sunday, and some did so in Chicago.

In Peoria County, those wanting to marry had to wait until the County Clerk's office opened Monday morning.

In Chicago, Governor Quinn was on hand for a wedding reception of Jim Darby and Patrick Bova at the Chicago Museum of Modern Art.

Exactly three years ago, Quinn had been on hand when Darby and Bova entered into a civil union.

"This is a great civil rights measure that we passed in Illinois through the legislature and I signed as Governor," said Governor Quinn.

In Peoria, other couples who had already entered into civil unions lined up at the County Clerk's office to take the step into marriage.

Carrie Davis was among the first in line.

"So, we got here a little before eight and everything was open and ready to go. So here we are," said Davis.

Peoria County Clerk Steve Sonnemaker figures there will be quite a few more couples making the transition to marriage from civil union.

"We issued 143 civil unions, so we figure the vast majority of those folks will convert," said Sonnemaker.

Just converting a civil union to a legal marriage in Peoria County comes with no cost. However, if you want a copy of your marriage license, that's going to cost $16.00; a small enough price for some.

"I've been waiting for this for 49 years, so yes, very excited," said David Blasco, who was getting his marriage license.

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