Quinn: Illinois On 'Right Side Of History'

(AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn shared words of pride as his state became the latest to start allowing same-sex couples to wed.

The Chicago Democrat issued a statement Sunday, the first day of legal gay marriage in all of Illinois' 102 counties. Quinn says "all couples across Illinois can now receive the rights and protections under the sacred vow of marriage." He says Illinois has always been a place that embraces people, and is "on the right side of history."

ay marriage has had a piecemeal start in Illinois, following a February federal court ruling. About 16 county clerks have been granting same-sex marriage licenses for months, but others have waited for the June 1 rollout.

Advocates say about 1,300 couples have wed so far. About 6,000 couples have received civil unions since they became legal in 2011.

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