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Gay Couples Can Marry Right Now in Chicago, Cook County

IllinoisA federal judge in Chicago ruled on Friday that gay couples do not have to wait until June to marry in Cook County, the Chicago Tribune reports:

"There is no reason to delay further when no opposition has been presented to this Court and committed gay and lesbian couples have already suffered from the denial of their fundamental right to marry,” U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman stated.

Her ruling noted that Cook County Clerk David Orr filed a brief in support of the lawsuit, which argued that couples should not have to wait until the Illinois law went into effect on June 1.

Orr released a statement after the ruling saying he will begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses "immediately."

The downtown Bureau of Vital Records, in the lower level of the Daley Center, will be open an extra two hours tonight until 7 p.m.for gay couples who want to get marriage licenses after work.

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  1. Pushy homos... it's not enough to get equality, we want it NOW :-)

    Posted by: Glenn | Feb 21, 2014 1:34:29 PM

  2. This should be extended to the rest of the state. It's silly to wait for June.

    Posted by: Terry | Feb 21, 2014 1:49:43 PM

  3. Great news! Justice delayed is justice denied.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 21, 2014 2:03:12 PM

  4. At least give them time to register at Crate and Barrel !!

    Posted by: ty | Feb 21, 2014 3:20:46 PM

  5. So what happens when an Illinois state court refuses to recognize these marriages?

    Posted by: TKinSC | Feb 21, 2014 3:47:26 PM

  6. NOM wishes to the contrary, it's not going to work like that, @TKINSC, sorry.

    Congrats to the soon-to-be newlyweds!

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 21, 2014 4:49:55 PM

  7. Yeah, I never did 'get' why equality had to wait another six months in Illinois...

    The legislative process is a dark and scary thing, I guess.....

    Good for Chicago for the progress!

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Feb 21, 2014 8:46:42 PM

  8. To the person who said that a court might not recognize these marriages. Same sex marriage becomes the law in June by legislation. No court will invalidate any marriage before then. Even if one did, the marriages would become legal again in June. Even more so, the Prop 8 precedent (the original one) recognized marriages that had already taken place.

    Posted by: Gay Guy | Feb 22, 2014 9:35:32 AM

  9. The good news is that they can marry. The bad news is, it's still Chicago.

    Posted by: enchantra | Feb 22, 2014 7:25:30 PM

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