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USA, Illinois: All Counties Might Begin Issuing Marriage Licenses to Same Sex Couples Early

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Now that a judge has ruled that Cook County must issue marriage licenses to same sex couples right away, rather than waiting for June, other counties may soon follow.

Pantagraph reports:

Although U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman ruled Friday that same-sex marriages can begin immediately in Cook County, supporters of the law said her decision opens the door for gay marriages to begin in all of Illinois’ 102 counties.

In Jackson County, Clerk Larry Reinhardt said he’s awaiting further direction from legal counsel. But, he said it wouldn’t be a problem if he was directed to begin issuing marriage licenses before the state law goes into effect June 1. “We’re already set up for the June implementation,” Reinhardt said Friday. “It should be an easy transition.”

Macon County Clerk Stephen Bean said county lawyers recommended the county not move forward to begin issuing licenses. In a letter from the Macon County state’s attorney’s office, Bean was told that “unless and until ordered to do so by a court of competent jurisdiction, you, as Macon County Clerk, may not violate the standing law of the State of Illinois by issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples at this time.”

Illinois Governor Pat QuinnIllinois Governor Pat Quinn is nudging counties in that direction.

On Top Magazine reports:

“Many couples in Illinois have waited long enough for marriage equality,” Quinn said in a statement, “and today’s ruling means thousands of Illinois couples no longer have to wait. Our law is a victory for equal rights in America, and shows that citizens and lawmakers can come together on issues of fairness and human rights. I applaud U.S. District Court Judge Sharon J. Coleman for her stance in recognizing that ‘there is no reason to delay further’ giving all couples the right to marry in Cook County. Every county across the state should enjoy the same freedom without having to wait until June,” Quinn added.

Will the other 101 counties in Illinois follow his lead?

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USA, Illinois: Cook County Same Sex Couples Can Marry Today, Court Says

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Chicago ShorelineA federal court in Chicago just opened the door for Cook County same sex couples to marry, four months early.

Lambda Legal reports via press release:

We’ve had a lot to celebrate recently all around the country, and now we have another victory in Illinois! A federal court today ruled, in a case brought by Lambda Legal and the ACLU, that barring same-sex couples from marriage is unconstitutional. The Court ordered the Cook County Clerk’s office to provide marriage licenses immediately to same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry, rather than require them to wait until June.

We never stopped fighting for same-sex couples and their families in Illinois. The Illinois legislature enacted a marriage equality law with an effective date of June 1. But some couples, like Lambda Legal plaintiffs Pat Ewert and Vernita Gray, could not wait that long for equality — Vernita has terminal cancer. We went to court and secured rulings allowing Pat and Vernita and all other same-sex couples facing life-threatening illnesses to immediately receive marriage licenses…

“This Court has no trepidation that marriage is a fundamental right to be equally enjoyed by all individuals of consenting age regardless of their race, religion, or sexual orientation, and the public policy of this State has been duly amended to reflect that position.” Finally, let the wedding bells ring in Illinois!

So is that it? Is there an appeal? Does this get spread out to the rest of the state? I have so many questions!

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Frank Event Design, Chicago, Illinois

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Rose LifeCycle Ceremonies, Chicago

Friday, January 24th, 2014

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USA, Illinois: State GOP Senator Introduces Bill to Repeal Marriage Equality Law

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Illinois Representative Kyle McCarterIllinois Senator Kyle McCarter has introduced a bill to overturn the recently-passed marriage equality law.

On Top Magazine reports:

Illinois currently recognizes gay couples with civil unions. However, a gay marriage bill signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn in November takes effect on June 1. McCarter’s bill is titled Marriage Fairness Act – Repeal. Last year, McCarter lamented the law’s passage in the Senate. “To redefine marriage is discriminatory towards those who hold the sincerely held religious belief that it is a sacred institution between man & a woman,” he wrote on Facebook.

Seriously, what’s it gonna take for these people to give it up? Court victories don’t do it. Public opinion polls don’t do it. Passing a bill via a vote of the people doesn’t do it. And votes by the legislature don’t do it. What do you think it will take?

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Midlane Country Club, Wadsworth, Illinois

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Sureshot Productions, Chicago, Ilinois

Monday, January 13th, 2014

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USA, Illinois: Judge Extends Early Marriage Ruling To All Couples with Terminally Ill Partner

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Illinois mapA federal judge just extended ruling allowing several gay couples to marry early to all same-sex couples where one partner is terminally ill.

On Top Magazine reports:

A federal judge on Monday ruled that Illinois gay couples facing a terminal illness can marry immediately rather than waiting for a marriage law to take effect in June. U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman’s ruling states that in order to marry early gay couples must apply through the Cook County clerk’s office, marry in Cook County – which includes greater Chicago – and provide a doctor’s note confirming that one partner is facing a terminal illness.

Once again, great news for these couples, but why not extend marriage now to everyone?

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Occasions Chicago Catering, Chicago

Monday, December 16th, 2013

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USA, Illinois: Two More Same-Sex Couples Approved to Marry Immediately

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Illinois mapTwo more same-sex couples facing chronic illness have been allowed to marry in Illinois ahead of the June 2014 start date.

Windy City reports:

A federal judge ordered Dec. 9 that two more Illinois couples–each with partners suffering from chronic illnesses–could wed ahead of the June 1, 2014, start-date for same-sex weddings in the state. A hearing on Dec. 16 will determine whether couples under similar circumstances can marry as well. Judge Sharon Coleman from the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois issued the ruling. The two couples are Elvie Jordan and Challis Gibbs, and Ronald Dorfman and Kenneth Ilio. Two other couples–Brenda Lee and Lee Edwards, and Patricia Tucker and Ingrid Swenson–are named in the Dec. 6 petition but were not granted permission to marry.

We think it’s fantastic that these couples are able to marry right away. But how about just letting everyone marry?

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