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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Dozens of county clerk offices across Illinois are set to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Sunday was the legal start of gay marriage in Illinois. Only a few of the 102 county clerks statewide opened to issue the documents because the day fell on a weekend. So for many, Monday marks the widespread rollout of the law.

More than a dozen counties began issuing the licenses earlier this year after a federal court ruling, but most of the state’s remaining counties opted to wait until the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act officially took effect June 1.

Sunday was also the first day couples in civil unions could file to have their unions converted to marriages.