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||CELEBRATIONS Gay siblings marry partners in double wedding
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A South Loop wedding June 2 was a double treat for the Simmons family. Julia Simmons and her brother Howard married their partners Barbara Kay and Charles Stephan, respectively, at the Keith House in Chicago, the day after same-sex marriages became legal in all Illinois counties.
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke officiated the ceremony, her second since a court ruled marriages could start early in Cook County. She is the first Illinois Supreme Court Justice in the state to preside over a same-sex marriage here.
The couples billed their day as "Epic." The men have been together 25 years, and the women 16 years. Both Julia and Barb have children, so they were also in attendance, along with other family and friends. Howard and Charles live in Florida, so they made the trip to Illinois because their own state does not allow such unions.
Photos by Hal Baim
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