Ever since Illinois' attorney general told gay couples last week they could apply now for marriage licenses instead of waiting until June 1, things have been a little confusing.
Missouri's constitutional ban could make same-sex marriages in Illinois a legal risk for St. Louis couples.
Officials are deciding on a county-by-county basis whether their clerk's office is ready to take applications. Sometimes, the confusion is as simple as what to do for two brides when the application form asks for the name of the groom.
But even for Missouri couples who find a county that accepts marriage applications, getting married in Missouri could be a legal risk. The Illinois same-sex marriage law voids any marriages between people who live in a state, like Missouri, where the union is illegal.