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November 6, 2013

Plans for Illinois same-sex marriages in the works

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. —

In the meantime, Rachel Meyering, owner of Sparkles Fine Jewelry in Chicago’s gay-friendly Andersonville neighborhood is planning a special event this weekend with a jewelry designer who caters to gay and lesbian couples.

“I had a feeling that it was coming soon,” Meyering said of the vote. “I wanted to cater to the neighborhood.”

No matter what day it is, couples statewide say they’re just ready for the chance to further solidify their relationships.

Robyne O’Mara and Lynne Burnett of the southwestern Illinois community of Godfrey have been together for 33 years. They got a civil union two years ago, but said they want more legal protections and possibly another ceremony with family.

“It’s recognition we didn’t have before,” O’Mara said. “When we’ve been explaining that we were in a civil union, people were questioning what that meant. And it’s always measured as less. It’s not the same thing as marriage.”

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Follow Sophia Tareen at https://twitter.com/sophiatareen .

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The bills are SB10 (same-sex marriage) and HB2747 (contains amendment on effective date).

Online: www.ilga.gov

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