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First same-sex couple in line in Cook County to obtain marriage license

Friday, February 21, 2014
TwitterCharlie Gurion and David Wilk

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Charlie Gurion and David Wilk

CHICAGO — The first same-sex couple is in line in Cook County to get a license.

Charlie Gurion proposed to David Wilk when the couple was in Paris in August. The 25-year-old Gurion of Palatine says it’s shocking to be first in line. He says they’re honored to “be part of this huge, momentous day.”

Clerk David Orr said he would start offering the licenses Friday afternoon after a federal judge’s ruling. U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman ruled gay couples in the Chicago area don’t have to wait until June to marry. That’s when state law is set to take effect.

Orr says he’ll keep the downtown Chicago Bureau of Vital Records open an extra two hours on Friday evening — until 7 p.m. He says he’s doing that to accommodate any couples who want to get marriage licenses after work. Only the downtown Chicago will issue same-sex licenses on Friday.

All other Cook County offices will offer licenses on Monday.

Wilk is 31-years-old and from Chicago. Wilk says he appreciates everybody’s support. The couple plans a September wedding, but they’ll legally marry within 60 days per state law.

Developing story, check back for updates.

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43 more reader comments:

  1. I know these guys….they are a great couple! On my way down myself to convert my civil union!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:36pm
  2. Congratulations to the happy couple! :D

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:36pm
  3. Sweet. Yeah!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:37pm
  4. Is this just for Cook County, or for all of Illinois?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:37pm
  5. yea its just for cook county :)

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:54pm
  6. Wow that was fast.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:37pm
  7. Congrats!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:38pm
  8. CONGRATS!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:40pm
  9. Congratulations super happy for u!!!! Omg I can’t imagine how happy and excited they must be!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:40pm
  10. Does anyone know if those couples with a Domestic Partnership in Cook County will be granted a legal marriage at some point in the near future? I think Washington is doing this. Thanks for any insight into this matter.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:52pm
  11. Matthew Gladney, all of Illinois!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:53pm
  12. Much happiness to you!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:59pm
  13. Congrats!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:00pm
  14. Congrats guys…

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:02pm
  15. Robbie Lopez I looked into that and I believe you have to convert it yourself/get married

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:02pm
  16. Great :)

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:06pm
  17. cuties

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:07pm
  18. Congratulations to them!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:08pm
  19. Good!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:10pm
  20. Congratulations!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:11pm
  21. Congratulations!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:13pm
  22. I wish I get married …. impossible no partner….

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:16pm
  23. amazing

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:16pm
  24. Congrats

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:27pm
  25. Congrats and mazel tov….be happy!! XXOO

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:34pm
  26. Congratulations to this lovely couple. :)

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:35pm
  27. Good Luck guys.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:37pm
  28. Congrats you guys!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:37pm
  29. congratulations to all the newly wed couples in Illinois

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:38pm
  30. BRAVO…BRAVO…BRAVO…Good Fortune and Peace to you…

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:43pm
  31. Best wishes guys…..May love and happiness surround you always!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:47pm
  32. Thank you IL…I knew my home state would do the RIGHT thing :)…congrats you guys :)…

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 9:25pm
  33. omg. they are toooooo cute.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 9:33pm
  34. Congrats boys!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:09pm
  35. So jelly, congrats:)

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:32pm
  36. Rock it, Chicago!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:50pm
  37. Awesome Friday news!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:57pm
  38. Congrats to the handsome couple! :)

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:41pm
  39. Congrats guys

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:51pm
  40. I’m so HAPPY FOR BOTH OF U. I HOPE IM NEXT TO GET MARRIED. XOXO

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 12:25am
  41. Clarify please, Is it only for Cook County or All of Illinois? If it’s legal for just one county how does that pan out for the couples who get married in Cook but live & pay taxes in other counties?

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 1:37am
  42. It's legal in only Cook County. However, it will be legal for all of Illinois in June.

    Replied on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 2:49am
  43. Thank you.

    Replied on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 2:52am