Same-sex couples can officially go to the Adams County Courthouse June 1 to apply for their marriage licenses, when gay marriage becomes legal in Illinois.
Rev. Ronald Fritts, an ordained Unity Worldwide minister, is the only clergyman in the city of Quincy who will officiate same-sex marriage ceremonies. Fritts says so far, he hasn't received any requests to officiate a ceremony, but he says he believes everyone should be treated equally.
"Marriage is about loving committed couples that are making a life commitment to each other," Fritts said. "We now know medically and scientifically that gays and lesbians, that orientation is determined before they are even born. So to deny that to them is really sort of inhumane."
Fritts has been performing holy unions, an unofficial marriage ceremony, for same-sex couples for years. Because of that, Fritts says officiating legal same-sex marriage ceremonies seemed like the natural next step for him as a minister.
Thursday, August 28 2014 5:39 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:39:51 GMT
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