John Gregory

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) – Same-sex couples looking to get married next year have plenty of questions.

A series of marriage forums around the state may provide the answers. With Illinois becoming the 16th state to legalize same sex marriage, couples are now trying to understand when and where they can get married.

Bernard Cherkasov, Chief Executive at Equality Illinois, says for example, many couples who received civil unions don’t know they have to file paper work to convert that union into a marriage.

“It will not automatically be done for them,” Cherkasov said. “So on June 1, those certificates will become available, and couples will be able to go to a county clerk without paying a fee, and their civil unions will be converted to marriages, retroactive to their civil union date.”

The forums already scheduled are:
Dec. 3, 6 p.m., Bethany of Fox Valley United Methodist Church, 2200 Ridge Ave., Aurora
Dec. 4, 6 p.m., Countryside Unitarian Universalist Church, 1025 N. Smith St., Palatine
Dec. 9, 6 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4501 Seventh Ave., Rock Island
Dec. 10, 6 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St., Rockford
Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m., Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago
Dec. 11, 6 p.m., Champaign Public Library, Robeson Pavilion Room C, 200 W. Green St., Champaign
Dec. 12, 6 p.m., Church of the Good Shepherd, 515 S. Orchard Drive, Carbondale
Dec. 12, 6 p.m., Phoenix Center, 109 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield
Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m., Southwestern Illinois College, Room 2106 Liberal Arts Building, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville
Jan. 14, 2014, 6 p.m., Bloomington Police Department, Osborn Room, 305 S. East St., Bloomington

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