Illinois State Rep. Deborah Mell, a Democrat from Chicago, married last week in Iowa, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The 43-year-old Mell becomes the first high-profile elected official in Illinois to enter a marriage with a person of the same sex.

Mell and Christin Baker, 36, married on Wednesday in Davenport, Iowa after a 7 year engagement. Baker serves as a national director for the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA).

The couple passed on Illinois' recently-approved civil union law for a marriage license in Iowa.

“Our relationship deserves marriage,” Mell told the paper. “That's how I feel about it. I mean there was a time in our relationship where it just wasn't right to call Christin my 'partner' or my 'friend' … or even my 'civil-unionized partner.' You know she's my wife. … We deserve those titles, those rights.”

However, the couple's marriage will become a civil union under Illinois law, said Christopher Clark, senior staff attorney for Lambda Legal, a leading legal group that fights for LGBT rights.

The couple will hold a blessing ceremony in Chicago next week.