January, 17, 2014

Congratulations! Illinois and Hawaii Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Photo Courtesy of Edward Fox Photography

Equality-lovers everywhere, rejoice! Last month, not one, but two new states voted to legalize same-sex marriages, including BBJ Linen’s home state of Illinois. Hawaii and Illinois are the 15th and 16th states to legalize gay marriage, respectively, and at BBJ Linen, we’re thrilled.

Two States in One Month

On November 13, Hawaii became the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriages. The law has already gone into effect, too—as of December 2, same-sex couples in the Aloha State have had the freedom to wed.

Illinois followed suit just seven days later, with Gov. Pat Quinn signing legislation that will go into effect on June 1—just in time for wedding season.

Here at BBJ Linen, we proudly support marriage equality, and we’re especially proud to see it finally legalized in our home state. With same-sex marriage legalized in these 16 states and the District of Columbia, more than 1 out of every 3 Americans now lives in a state where same-sex marriage is legal.

What Happens Next?

Same-sex marriage has been legalized in fewer than 1/3 of the 50 states, and there remains a long road ahead toward marriage equality for all Americans. Until couples can enjoy equality in all 50 states that we serve, we at BBJ Linen want to voice our support to couples fighting for their rights everywhere.