Who received pens at gay-marriage bill-signing ceremony?
BY MICHAEL SNEED Columnist
Patrick Bova and Jim Darby (right), of Hyde Park, wait in line for their Civil Union license with other couples at the Cook County Clerk's Office at the Daley Center in June 2011. | Sun-Times Media file photo
Here are people who got one of the 100 pens Gov. Pat Quinn used to sign the same-sex marriage bill. We’ll update as we find out more:
◆ Jim Darby and Patrick Bova: A couple for over 50 years, vet Darby, a retired teacher, and Bova, a retired librarian, lobbied for the bill’s passage.
◆ Laura Ricketts: Co-owner of the Chicago Cubs and openly gay lawyer Ricketts is a major donor to same-sex marriage advocates.
◆ Fred Eychaner: A major Democratic donor, media mogul Eychaner worked with Laura Ricketts to promote the bill’s passage.
◆ State Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago: Steans first introduced the Senate bill in January.