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The Chicago Pride Parade is this weekend and there's plenty to celebrate.
Wednesday, the Supreme Court officially ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. DOMA, as the act is called, essentially defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman in the eyes of the federal government. DOMA effectively banned same-sex marriages across the United States.
Because of the Supreme Court's ruling, the 13 states that do allow same-sex marriages, plus the District of Columbia (which also allows such marriages), will now have those marriages validated by the federal government. However, the other 37 states, including Illinois, remain unaffected by the court's ruling.
While Illinois does not recognize same-sex marriages, the state does grant the same tax benefits to same-sex civil unions as it does to full-fledged marriages.
Some 114,000 gay couples are already legally married and now will enjoy the federal tax benefits of heterosexual couples.
SOURCE: RedEye Chicago