Same-sex marriage law takes effect

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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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