As of June 1, 2014, same-sex couples can legally marry in Illinois. There has been a lot of confusion as to what this means for Missouri couples, here are some answers.
CAN OUT-OF-STATE COUPLES GET MARRIED IN ILLINOIS?
Yes. The law allows an out-of-state couple to marry in Illinois unless the couple lives in, and intends to continue living in, a state that declares marriages of same-sex couples “void.” Not all states that preclude lesbian and gay couples from marrying have laws declaring such marriages to be “void.” If you live outside of Illinois, the clerk may ask you to sign an affidavit stating that your home state does not declare your marriage void. Because a federal court has held that the marriage ban is unconstitutional, we believe that out-of-state couples should be able to marry now in the counties where licenses are being issued.
We have been in contact with ACLU of Missouri and Equality Illinois in regards to marriage licenses in St. Clair County. As of June 4, 2014, we were notified that ALL Missouri couples can be issued marriage licenses there now.
If you have any troubles receiving a marriage license please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
A.J. Bockelman joined PROMO as Executive Director in July 2007. A.J. holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Evansville. After spending 15 years in Human Resources within the travel industry, A.J. changed career paths to devote his energies to non-profits, including working as the Development Director for a local after-school and mentoring program. Prior to becoming a staff member at PROMO, A.J. was a long-time volunteer and community activist. A.J. started as a community volunteer for Challenge Metro, a gay and lesbian crisis line, in 1994. A.J. joined the PROMO Board of Directors in 2006 and previously served on the Human Rights Campaign Board of Governors for five years. As the Executive Director for PROMO, A.J. has focused on building community partners, strengthening the infrastructure of PROMO and creating systemic change in our state legislature. A.J. has also been recognized as a Bohnett Fellow attending the Harvard Kennedy School of Government program for State and Local Elected Officials and is a 2013 alumni of FOCUS St. Louis’ Leadership St Louis class. The Saint Louis Business Journal recognized his contributions as a Diverse Business Leader in 2013. You may contact A.J. at AJBockelman@PROMOonline.org.Website: twitter.com/ajbockelman
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