Chicagans Celebrate their Right to Get Not-Married

With so many disappointments on the road to marriage equality in the US, there are occasional moments of joy we can’t help but get swept up in. Yesterday was the first day that same-sex couples across Illinois were able to have a partnership service officiated, after receiving their civil union licence the day earlier. So to celebrate, around thirty gay couples participated in a mass ceremony in Chicago’s Millenium Park.

And while we can (and do) gripe that the law still does not go far enough to grant couples the full legal marriage rights they deserve, a look at the outpouring of love from yesterday’s event is proof that there are plenty of reasons to celebrate even before we reach the finish line.

“A lot of happy couples” Photo by Chicago Man


“The big day is here” by Chicago Man

James Darby and Patrick Bova have been together for 47 years, but today is still pretty special. Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans celebrates in the background.

“Finally, the Kiss” by Chicago Man

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn with Newlyweds Jim Darby and Patrick Bova

Photo by Chicago Man

“Beautiful Day” by Chicago Man

Of course, what beautiful gay event is complete without resident angry loons on hand trying to ruin everyone’s time? They did not succeed.

Photo by Piony Queer

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