USA, Illinois: Equality Illinois Presses for Immediate Statewide Implementation

Written by scott on February 24th, 2014

Equality IllinoisEquality Illinois is urging clerks across Illinois to begin issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples immediately, following last week’s ruling in Cook County.

Go Pride reports:

“The federal court’s ruling responded to a lawsuit filed in Cook County and applies initially only to the Cook Couty Clerk’s office, but clerks in the other 101 counties can take official notice of the decision and its reasoning,” Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov said. “We will be reaching out to county clerks all around the state hoping that they will also be persuaded by the judge’s rationale. After all, the federal court said that it is unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples marriage licenses.”

Cherkasov added that the new marriage bill adequately provides county clerks with the guidance they need to move forward. “With the passage of the marriage equality bill, the legislature has already set forth procedures for the clerks to follow and strong protections for religious freedom, so there is no reason to delay the benefits and recognition of marriage to loving, committed couples and their families,” he said.

In related news, a lone GOP lawmaker has given up his fight against the law.

On Top Magazine reports:

Illinois State Senator Kyle McCarter, a Republican, has ended an effort to repeal Illinois’ gay marriage law approved by lawmakers last year. Following a federal judge’s ruling handed down Friday that there is no need for gay couples to wait for the law to take effect in June, McCarter announced that he was withdrawing his bill (SB 2637), which was scheduled for debate in the Illinois Senate Executive Committee on Wednesday.

Will the county clerks listen? Or do we have to wait until June for marriage equality to reach the entire state?

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Illinois.


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