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13 News heads to Chicago as Illinois becomes 16th state with marriage equality

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Illinois activists for and against same sex marriage say their fights don't end with the signing of the marriage equality bill. Roughly 3,000 people wait outside the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum building. Most of them showed up, to see Governor Pat Quinn sign the bill into law.

Chicago suburb residents Penny Robbins and Kelly Sindt were in the crowd. Together for seven years, they're excited to exchange a civil union for marriage.

"To me it means that we're validated, that our relationships, who we are as people, our families, we're all validated for the first time, and seen on an equal level." -Robbins says.

Protestors also came to the forum. They say the new law has nothing to do with human rights.

"We believe it's actually about amoral behavior, that homosexuality is not the basis for civil rights." -says Americans for Truth About Homosexuality President Peter LaBarbera.

With the governor's signature, the battle for statewide marriage equality seems to be over, but activists on both sides say there's still work to be done.

"There's a larger cultural war on this issue and we're going to keep fighting for the truth. Someday I'd like to see Illinois become the first state to repeal the homosexual so-called 'marriage law.'" -LaBarbera says.

Robbins counters, "It's just a matter of time before we have federal marriage equality, so this is just one big step for Illinois and for everybody here."

The marriage equality bill takes effect June 1st, 2014.

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