(KFVS) - Illinois became the 16th state to legalize same sex marriage on Wednesday. It is the largest Midwest state to allow the unions.
Those couples will be able to walk down the aisle as soon as June, which means businesses that make those weddings happen, may face a predicament. The bill says churches and clergy don't have to allow same sex weddings, but it's not as clear for the wedding-related businesses who object on religious grounds.
The ruling has exposed a sharp divide in the industry. While some businesses have embraced same sex weddings, others still cling to marriage rituals that exclude same sex couples.
Some Heartland business owners say it's important to keep their personal beliefs and their work separate.
Kathleen Sperling of Kathleen Bridal has no qualms about fitting or primping a same sex couple.
"I don't feel it's my place to judge anyone else, and I just don't have a problem with it," said Kathleen Sperling of Kathleen's Bridal.
One business owner who didn't want to go on camera said that because he doesn't agree with same sex marriage, serving the couples on their day will be difficult; and wishes the same rules applied for his business as they do for churches. But he said he won't be able to turn anyone away.
For Neil Clayton at Larry's House of Cakes, it doesn't matter who places the order. He's just there to serve.
"We are happy to celebrate and happy to serve anyone who comes through our doors," Clayton said.
Both Neil Clayton and Kathleen Sperling say not only do they recognize the cash potential, but will adapt as the market evolves.