Fog/Mist
29°FFog/MistFull Forecast
Shaw Media Auctions

Illinois AG calls Supreme Court decision 'victory'

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 3:30 p.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the Supreme Court's decision on the Defense of Marriage Act is a victory for same-sex couples.

The Court rejected a provision of the act which means same-sex couples who legally marry should be guaranteed the same benefits as heterosexual ones.

Advocates, including Madigan, say the ruling helps momentum to legalize gay marriage both at the State Capitol and at the state courts. Illinois allows civil unions but attempts for gay marriage have stalled.

Legal experts say the ruling means Illinois couples married in other states should receive federal benefits. But questions linger about eligibility for some. Federal officials are expected to provide more clarity. Attorneys with Madigan's office are still reviewing the decision.

Illinois will still recognize couples married elsewhere as in civil unions.

National video



Reader Poll

Rock Falls is considering a ban on leaf burning. Should the city finally take that step?
Yes. Sterling and Dixon have had bans for years. It’s time for Rock Falls to impose a ban.
No. It would be too great a burden for homeowners to dispose of fallen leaves in other ways.
Not sure
No opinion