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Gay Marriage Legal In IL Sunday , Rock Island County Officials Prepare For Monday

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It's been several months since the gay marriage legislation in Illinois was signed, but on Sunday couples will be able to marry.  Since Sunday is not a business day and many county clerk's offices will be closed, couples will have to wait until Monday.

"We may have a line. There may be a little competition to be the first one in line," said Rock Island County Clerk Karen Kinney.

Whether there is a line or not, Karen Kinney says her staff has been preparing for what could be a busy day.  Staff members have been training on how to document changes from civil unions to marriages.  

"As far as the conversion form that's all new to everybody. We'll be going over that to make sure everybody understands how to fill that out and record that new information," explained Kinney.

Kinney says there's no need to bring more staff in to work that day, but she does expect to see quite a crowd.

"We've received some phone calls. People inquiring as to whether or not they can transfer they're civil union to a marriage. The answer is yes. They will be able to. They'll be able to do this for one year," said Kinney.

After that, same sex couples will have to pay a $35 application fee.  Right now there are 59 couples that have civil unions in Rock Island county.  According to Kinney, that number won't increase much now that marriage is an option.

"One reason for that is because civil unions were only recognized in the state that you received the license in. A marriage license will be recognized across the states," said Kinney.

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