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David Orr

Marriage ruling means Illinois couples recognized elsewhere

For Illinois residents, the most immediate impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide is that same-sex couples can travel out of state knowing their marriages will be recognized elsewhere. Illinois has allowed gay marriage since last year. Whatever the outcome, the high court's ruling was not expected to directly affect the Illinois law since the case was focused on court judgments and not unions approved by a legislature, as in Illinois. The ruling means 14 other states will have to stop enforcing bans on same-sex marriage, essentially approving it in all 50 states. The freedom to move and travel was among the first things Illinois' gay...

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