- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Advocates in Illinois are celebrating the Supreme Court’s ruling making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

The Equality Illinois group says the ruling sends a powerful message that LGBT Americans “should be treated equally and justly in all facets of life.”

The group says more than 10,000 same-sex couples have married in Illinois since the state made it legal last year.

Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov says those couples can now travel throughout the country without fear that their marriages won’t be recognized elsewhere.

At the same time, he says the fight is not over and opponents will try to create legal loopholes to marginalize LGBT individuals.

Cherkasov adds that some states still have no protections preventing discrimination against gays and lesbians in employment, housing and parenting rights.

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