There are many things that make us proud to be a Chicagoan, including gorgeous architecture and mind-blowing cuisine — pizza included, thank you very much. But, on November 20, 2013, our pride grew beyond the city limits. Finally, the same-sex marriage law was signed, sealed, and delivered by Governor Pat Quinn, making LGBT and straight folks cry tears of joy.
So, to celebrate this beautiful milestone, we'd like to introduce you to five inspiring same-sex couples who shared with us their heartfelt love stories. Trust, there's never been a more touching way to define equality. In the words of President Obama, "Our journey as a nation is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.” It's time to get out the tissues, dear reader.
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