Carrying a lawn chair, two Rock Island men arrived two hours early at 6 a.m. Wednesday, prepared to wait for hours in a long line on the historic day: The first time couples were allowed to apply for civil-union licenses in Illinois.
But several hours later, Larry Griffin and his partner of 35 years, John Kentzel, were still the first and only couple to appear for a license at the Rock Island County Clerk’s Office.
Griffin shrugged and laughed afterward, as he waited for Kentzel to take home their bouquet of roses — a gift from County Clerk Karen Kinney — and meet him for breakfast at a downtown Rock Island restaurant.
“We didn’t know what to expect,” 59-year-old Griffin said, adding that he and his partner plan to make their union official Friday in a ceremony at the Rock Island County Courthouse.
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