Illinois Couples Are Going to Iowa to Marry


Image from Iowa Independent

According to a report from the Des Moines Register, at least 2,020 same-sex couples married in Iowa between April 27, 2009, when legalization went into effect, through March 31 of this year. Of those, more than 1,200 came from other states, including 199 from Illinois. Congratulations to all of those couples! If you have gotten married to your partner, please share your photo and tell your story here on this blog. We’d love to hear from you!

The news for Iowans is good. The move to repeal same-sex marriage in The Hawkeye State appears to have stalled, according to one recent report.

But the news for Illinois couples is not so good. Illinois doesn’t recognize those Iowa marriage certificates at all. So getting married in Iowa doesn’t provide any of the rights and responsibilities of marriage for Illinois couples. So while I celebrate for the progress in our neighbor state, it is no substitute for achieving equal marriage rights here at home in Illinois… and everywhere.  


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