CHICAGO, Ill. -- Marriage equality is now law in Illinois.
On Wednesday, in front of a crowd of thousands at the University of Chicago, Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation making Illinois the 16th state to embrace full marriage equality.
The legislation allows same-sex couples in Illinois to receive the rights and protections of marriage.
In 2011, the Governor signed into law civil union legislation. Since then, more than 6,000 couples from across Illinois have joined in a civil union.
The law takes effect June 1, 2014.