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In pictures: Gay and lesbian couples celebrate in Illinois

Same-sex couples overcome another barrier as Illinois becomes the latest state to allow gay marriage

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Pastor Carol Hill from Epworth United Methodist Church speaks during a beach-front marriage equality ceremony at the Kathy Osterman Beach in Chicago, Sunday, June 1, 2014. Dozens of people attended the event. June 1 marked the first day all of Illinois' 102 counties could begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a piecemeal start where some county officials began granting licenses months ago following a federal court ruling.

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Couples attend a beach-front marriage equality ceremony at the Kathy Osterman Beach in Chicago, Sunday, June 1, 2014.

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48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman speaks during a beach-front marriage equality ceremony at the Kathy Osterman Beach in Chicago, Sunday, June 1, 2014.

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