Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-08-16
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

County Clerk issues 10,000th same-sex marriage license
by Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times
2016-08-31

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


On the morning of Wed., Aug. 31 Cook County Clerk David Orr's office issued the 10,000th marriage license to a same-sex couple.

The men, who've been together 18 years, are Terry Beauchamp, 49, and Anthony Aranda, 50. Beauchamp is a manager at That's Our Bag in the Loop and Aranda is a flight attendant for United Airlines (25 years). They met at a dinner with mutual friends and bonded over the Cubs when their friends had a disagreement during dinner and have been a couple ever since. They currently reside in Edgewater.

On their second date, Beauchamp offered to give Aranda a ride home because of the chill but Aranda insisted on walking the half mile home so Beauchamp walked with him. After they parted company, Beauchamp took a cab back to his car and drove home. To this day, Beauchamp said he still wonders why he did that.

Beauchamp was born and raised in Western Springs, Illinois, and graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He's a lifelong Minnesota Vikings and Toronto Maple Leafs fan.

Aranda was born in Las Vegas and raised in Tempe, Arizona, and graduated from Arizona State University. He loves roller coasters, especially X-Flight and Goliath at Six Flags Great America.

They both enjoy going to the movies, watching TV, reading, traveling, playing Scrabble and Cards Against Humanity with their friends as well as walks along the lake.

The couple was unaware of the timing of being the 10,000th. They had decided to get their license Aug. 31 because it was their day off. The clerk's office celebrated the occasion with a rainbow cake from Goddess and The Baker and by waiving the fee for the couple.

"The wait is over," said Orr. "We're all excited about this day. The symbolism of the two of you being our 10,000th couple shows that people who've loved each other for years can make it official because of equal marriage. This is such a celebratory thing and it's important to honor everyone who made this happen over the years. I hope this event encourages people to believe that change can happen and victories can be won."

Aranda explained that he'll have to get used to saying fiancée instead of partner now. He said he's happy to be a part of history and joining the same-sex matrimony club, of which many of their friends belong.

Beauchamp said they are thrilled and excited for this turn of events. He noted they decided to make it official now because many of their friends and relatives are getting older and they wanted to be able to include them at their reception at Reza's in Andersonville. Beauchamp explained that they talked about getting married last year, however, there was no official proposal or engagement rings exchanged.

The couple said they don't see their lives changing after they get married except for calling each other husband instead of partner but only time will tell.

To mark the occasion the couple received donated gifts including a honeymoon package (hotel accommodations, fine dining and entertainment) from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, two roundtrip plane tickets from Southwest Airlines to use for their honeymoon, romantic dinners for two at Appellation Wine Bar & Restaurant located in Andersonville and Riva Restaurant on Navy Pier. The Navy Pier experience also includes a Shoreline Sightseeing tour and a VIP Ferris wheel ride. The couple also received flowers and balloons from Designs by Rosa, Inc., a fruit basket from Edible Arrangements and thank-you cards and stationery from Chicago-based designer La Familia Green.

This much-anticipated milestone came less than three years after the first same-sex marriage license was issued in Illinois, to Cook County residents Vernita Gray and Pat Ewert, who were married Nov. 27, 2013, a few months before Gray died, on March 19, 2014.

The state passed marriage equality in late 2013, and like Gray and Ewert's case, there were additional same-sex marriages deemed medical emergencies that were performed in the months leading up to the law taking effect across the state on June 1, 2014.

On Feb. 21, 2014, a U.S. district judge ruled that no same-sex couple in Cook County should have to wait until the law took effect to be issued a marriage license. Citing the Cook County district judge's ruling, Champaign County clerk officials began issuing licenses to same-sex couples shortly thereafter. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued an opinion on March 4, 2014 that opened the door for every county to begin issuing same-sex couple's marriage licenses ahead of the law officially taking effect. Many counties across the state began doing so that Spring.

Clerk Orr was relieved when marriage equality passed, after years of having to refuse the requests of couples for licenses. An ally of LGBT rights, Orr said he had no choice but to turn away requests prior to being forced to issue licenses by the courts, and later allowed to by the state legislature.

See report from Monday's press conference at the Cook County Clerk's office: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Orr-marriage-backers-anticipate-10000-same-sex-licenses-/56305.html .


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Legal Council for Health Justice to host Bienvenidos at Sidetrack 2017-08-16 - Legal Council for Health Justice will host its annual summer benefit at Sidetrack on Thursday, Aug. 17, at 6 p.m. This year's event ...


Gay News

World news: Australia and marriage, gay journalist, Pakistani bill 2017-08-15 - Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's decision to come out opposing same-sex marriage is not going down well with his own sister, PinkNews ...


Gay News

Lambda attorney talks legal climate at 'Raising the Bar' 2017-08-09 - Speaking at Equality Illinois' 2017 Raising the Bar Breakfast on Aug. 1, Lambda Legal Staff Attorney and Senior Workforce Strategist Gregory Nevins suggested ...


Gay News

LETTERS Loving church; gun violence and legal assistance 2017-08-09 - Choosing my religion Byron Brazier Pastor, Apostolic Church of God Chicago, Illinois Dear Pastor Brazier: I am not debating what ...


Gay News

In legal win EEOC says Walmart discriminated against transgender employee 2017-08-08 - New York, NY- A U.S. government commission has ruled in favor of Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and its client, Jessica Shyne ...


Gay News

Lambda Legal: See you in court, President Trump 2017-08-05 - (New York, August 5, 2017) — The Trump administration reportedly has finalized its transgender military ban policy. According to the Washington Blade, the ...


Gay News

Lambda attorney talks legal climate at 'Raising the Bar' 2017-08-01 - Speaking at Equality Illinois' 2017 Raising the Bar Breakfast on Aug. 1, Lambda Legal Staff Attorney and Senior Workforce Strategist Gregory Nevins suggested ...


Gay News

Lambda Legal, OutServe-SLDN: We'll Sue in a Heartbeat if Tweet Becomes Policy 2017-07-28 - ( New York City, July 26, 2017 ) — Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN today promised to take immediate legal action to protect transgender ...


Gay News

German president OKs marriage law 2017-07-21 - German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has signed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, allowing the bill to take effect this fall. Lawmakers approved the bill ...


Gay News

Lambda Legal, ACLU challenge fake repeal of North Carolina's discriminatory HB 2 2017-07-21 - RALEIGH — Today, Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, and ACLU of North Carolina announced they have taken steps to expand the ...


 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.