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USA, Illinois: And Grundy County Makes Seven

Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Illinois County

Counties with Early Marriage Equality

Yet another Illinois county has already issued a marriage license to a same sex couple.

The Morris Daily Herald reports:

Grundy County joined a handful of counties in Illinois allowing same-sex marriages before the law becomes official June 1. Last Thursday, the Grundy County Clerk and recorder’s office issued the county’s first same-sex marriage license to a couple who were previously united through a civil union. Grundy County is able to issue the licenses four months in advance because of a ruling handed down from a federal district court. The federal judge ruled in favor of allowing Cook County to issue same-sex marriage licenses before the June 1 start date, Grundy County State’s Attorney Jason Helland said.

That makes seven: Cass, Champagne, Cook, Grundy, Macon, McLean, and St. Clair, with Lake and Jackson counties considering it.

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USA, Illinois: Two More Counties Jump on the Marriage Equality Bandwagon

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Illinois Counties with Marriage Equality

Illinois Counties Starting Marriage Equality Early

An update on Illinois and the early arrival of marriage equality.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Two more counties say they will start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples before the state’s new marriage equality law takes effect on June 1. St. Clair County Clerk Tom Holbrook and Cass County Clerk Michael Kirchner say they will start accepting applications immediately. That’s after Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan advised that counties don’t have to wait until June. Madigan’s guidance was in response to a question about the scope of a federal court ruling that found Illinois’ original ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.

And one of our readers, Emily, reports:

“I called the Jackson County courthouse yesterday and the woman I spoke to said they were waiting on the software to be installed and “some documents from the State” (whatever that means); but they would be issuing same sex licenses as soon as these things were in place. I was happily surprised to hear this response from our small town filled county.”

So that’s six counties for sure, and maybe eight if you include Lake County (which is seeking further clarification from AG Madigan before proceeding) and Jackson County.

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USA, Illinois: Will Counties Follow Governor, Attorney General’s Lead on Marriage Equality?

Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Illinois Counties

Five Counties Issuing or Considering Issuing Licenses Now

Both Governor Quinn and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan have endorsed the Cook County ruling moving up the date for marriage equality in Illinois to now from June 1st. But will other counties follow suit?

LGBTQ Nation reports:

County clerks around Illinois say they won’t start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples immediately as Attorney General Lisa Madigan said this week they have the right to do. Many worry that doing so before the new law takes effect in June could put their offices at risk of lawsuits and perhaps hurt the couples themselves. In interviews with about a dozen clerks, only one – Macon County Clerk Stephen Bean – said he would begin as soon as he has proper software installed for the forms that need to be filled out. Bean said the first marriage license might be issued as early as Friday. As for the others, they said they would not follow the lead of Cook and Champaign counties, which have already started issuing licenses, or McLean County, which will start March 24.

Clerks in the “collar counties” – those around Chicago, agreed.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

Officials in Chicago’s collar counties still plan to wait until June to begin granting same-sex marriage licenses, despite a statement this week from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan that the state’s current restriction on gay marriage is unconstitutional. If anything, some county clerks said, Madigan’s opinion has led to more confusion. “It’s putting the clerks, I would say, in a very precarious situation,” said McHenry County Clerk Katherine Schultz. “Let me tell you, the law says June 1. If (legislators) want it different, they need to get it changed.”… “Without a court order saying we should do it … any license could be challenged,” said Kane County Clerk John Cunningham, who questioned whether Madigan’s letter was politically motivated. “What authority do we have to issue them?”

Should Madigan have been more forceful in her opinion? So far, only four counties are issuing licenses or have indicated they will soon: Cook, Champaign, Macon and McLean. Lake County has also asked for clarification form the AG. All five counties are in northern or central Illinois.

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USA, Illinois: Judge Clears Way for Lesbian Couple to Marry Early

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Chicago ShorelineThe US District Court in Chicago is opening the door for a lesbian couple to marry six months before the marriage equality law takes effect in that state.

NBC Chicago reports:

The U.S. District Court in Chicago ordered Cook County’s clerk Monday to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple, one of whom is terminally ill. County Clerk David Orr said he will comply with the court’s order, handed down Monday by Judge Thomas Durkin. A lawsuit was filed Friday by Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois seeking immediate action for Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert. Gray has bone and brain cancer and is not expected to live until Illinois’ gay marriage law goes into effect June 1.

We are thrilled for the couple. Will this open the door for other couples to marry early in Ilinois?

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HI: Civil Unions Applications May Not Be Available Until January 1st

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Hawaii Civil UnionsThe state Department of Health continues work on a computerized system for processing applications for civil unions, but it is unknown yet whether the system will be available for use before Jan. 1, when the new civil unions law goes into effect.

The state had planned to begin processing applications before the law’s official start date, so couples could partake in civil union ceremonies early on the morning of Jan. 1. But the Attorney General’s Office still is formulating an opinion on whether early processing would be legal.

“It’s premature to say what the recommendation is going to be,” Deputy Attorney General Jill Nagamine said Wednesday during a meeting of a task force covened by the Legislature to study the implementation of Act 1, which was passed this year.

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