USA, Illinois: Cook County Issues Almost 600 Marriage Licenses to Same Sex Couples

Written by scott on March 22nd, 2014

Chicago ShorelineCouples have been quick to take advantage of the chance to marry early in Chicago.

Edge Boston reports:

The Cook County clerk’s office says it has issued 575 marriage licenses to same-sex couple in the month since it was allowed by a court ruling. Cook County Clerk David Orr said Friday that the couples have come from 17 states besides Illinois and 11 Illinois counties outside Cook County. A state law legalizing same-sex marriage takes effect June 1. But a federal judge in Chicago ruled Feb. 21 that Illinois’ original ban was unconstitutional. Cook County started issuing the licenses the same day.

Along with Cook County, at least 6 other counties in the state are now issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples. The rest are, apparently, waiting for June 2nd, the original date set by the law.

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