Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced Thursday that he will sign the same-sex marriage bill on November 20th. But the legislation change doesn't leave Adams County officials without concerns before the bill becomes law on June 1, 2014.
Adams County Clerk Georgia Volm says she anticipates a lot of questions before the bill is enacted. Some of those questions are difficult to answer, she says, because so much of the bill's language is unknown at this time.
Volm says there could be a change in legal forms to make them less gender-specific. Her biggest concern, however, is the status of legal civil unions in the county.
"We don't know today if they'll have to get their civil union dissolved legally through the court system and incur legal expenses, or if we're going to be able to convert it into a marriage license, or if they can go ahead and get the marriage license on top of this," Volm said.
She estimates that there are about 20 civil unions in Adams County.
Despite the concern, Volm expects much of the uncertainty to fade once the bill's specifics are known. She stressed that Adams County will be ready for the change come June 1st.