David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle particularly praised the performances, calling them "extraordinary" and "stunning", and noting the series' A-list directors, among them Michael Apted and John Madden.Hank Stuever of The Washington Post wrote that after the first two episodes, "the characters get better and more complex, the story builds, strange things start to happen and now I can't wait to see how its interweaving plots unfold." Alan Sepinwall of Hit Fix praised lead actors Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, calling them "terrific", and saying that "Masters of Sex is the best new show of the fall by a very long stretch.Same-sex marriage legislation was introduced in successive sessions of the General Assembly from 2007 to 2013.
People didn’t even put them in writing." He obtained some vintage vibrators and dildos for use in the series along with acquiring condoms manufactured in the era (which did not have the reservoir tips of modern condoms).He designed "Ulysses", a transparent dildo with attached camera first seen in the pilot episode, from scratch, along with a diaphragm sizing kit seen in later episodes.The opening credits sequence was created by design studio Elastic.The sequence, which includes suggestive, tongue-in-cheek sex metaphors and symbols, received a mix response from critics; it placed on both best and worst lists for opening credit sequences.Couples who want to convert their civil union to a marriage can do so, with or without performing a new ceremony, for up to one year from the date that the marriage law takes effect (June 1, 2014). The date of the marriage will be recorded as the date of the original civil union.
Couples who wait longer than one year will have to perform a new ceremony and pay a fee.
Illinois established civil unions on June 1, 2011, after Governor Quinn signed legislation on January 31, 2011.
The law allows both same-sex and opposite-sex couples to form civil unions and provides state recognition of substantially similar legal relationships, including same-sex marriages and civil unions, entered into in other jurisdictions.
An opinion by the state Attorney General on March 4 announced that the ruling could apply to any county clerk who chose to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. On November 30, 2010, the House passed the bill by a vote of 61–52.
Eight counties were issuing licenses by March 12: Cass, Champaign, Cook, Grundy, Jackson, Macon, Mc Lean, and St. The Senate approved it on December 1 by a vote of 32–24.
It's also a refreshing anomaly: a prestige cable drama that doesn't feel like a recombination of elements from 15 shows that came before it." According to Robert Lloyd, the Los Angeles Times television critic, the show is a "handsome thing, another well-dressed romp through the American mid-century, when things (we imagine) were simpler and (so we like to think) less sophisticated, but also more exciting.