Today’s the day. Well, to be technical, yesterday was the day. Same-sex marriage became legal in each of Illinois’ 102 counties on June 1, 2014. But yesterday happened to be a Sunday, so today marriage licenses will begin to issue throughout the entire state and many same-sex couples are expected to tie the knot today.
The full name of the law authorizing gay marriage in Illinois is the Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. A long name for a simple idea. Before this new law became effective, both same-sex and opposite sex couples in Illinois could enter into civil unions. They still can if they wish, although it is anticipated couples will choose marriage over civil unions.
As of today, same-sex couples can marry in 19 states as well as Washington D.C. The 19 states are California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.
You bet. And no one needs money more than the great state of Illinois. Just take a look at the millions projected to be made in Maryland, which legalized same-sex marriage last year. The Williams Institute conducted a study predicting that in a three year period weddings by Maryland couples would generate $40 to $64 million,with another $2.5 to $4 million in sales and lodging tax revenues. This doesn’t include expenses for out-of-state couples traveling to Maryland.
Now if the beautiful little state of Maryland expects these kinds of revenues, do the math and imagine the millions Illinois could generate.
Supporting gay marriage makes cents.