Same-sex marriage law takes effect

Same-sex marriage became legal in Illinois after the law officially went into effect June 1.

Monroe County Clerk Dennis Knobloch said that while there were several calls Monday to his office about the new law, there were no applicants.

“(We’re) expecting one couple today who called and asked a lot of questions yesterday,” he said on Tuesday morning.

Several counties in the state had already begun issuing licenses — including Monroe County’s neighbor, St. Clair — after a federal court decided in February that waiting until June 1 was unnecessary.

St. Clair County issued 20 same-sex marriage licenses through May.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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