On June 1, same sex marriages will be legal in the state of Illinois, but one church has already been officiating marriages for at least 10 years,
Bernard Cherkasov says Kirk is influential among moderate Republicans, but it’s his argument itself that’s compelling.
Bernard Cherkasov, chief executive of the gay-rights group Equality Illinois, says the election results showed same-sex marriage winning in four states.
Civil unions are supposed to give couples the same rights under law as marriage, but ” those rights are often denied.”
The federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman, some federal benefits aren’t afforded.
“We prayed about it, talked about it. Sometimes you have to take a stand, and sometimes (it’s) hard,” said Mark Zartman, 51.
1,618 civil union licenses were issued across the state in June – the first month civil unions became available to Illinois couples.