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Ill. governor applauds ruling allowing same-sex couples to wed in Cook County

Friday, February 21, 2014
M. Spencer Green, APIllinois Gov. Pat Quinn, center, signs the state's Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law, making Illinois the 16th state in the nation to embrace full marriage equality for same sex couples, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in Chicago.

M. Spencer Green, AP
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, center, signed the state’s Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in Chicago.

CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is applauding a federal judge’s ruling to allow same-sex couples in Cook County to immediately wed.

Quinn signed same-sex marriage into law last year, but it doesn’t take effect until June.

U.S. District Judge Sharon Coleman ruled Friday that gay couples in Cook County don’t have to wait. In the ruling, she says no opposition was presented to the court. The decision stems from a lawsuit filed against the Cook County clerk, who supports gay marriage.

In a statement Friday, Quinn says many Illinois couples have waited long enough. He says every county across Illinois should enjoy the same freedom.

Attorneys say Friday’s ruling could open the door to other county clerks statewide being able to issue marriage certificates right away.

On Friday afternoon, same-sex couples began lining up to obtain their marriage licenses after County Clerk David Orr announced he would begin issuing them immediately.

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21 more reader comments:

  1. 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 8:03pm
  2. No. You must go and apply for a license. No automatic conversions in Illinois (as was the case in other states). Civil unions in Illinois can be "upgraded" for free at the county clerk's office where the civil union license originated. Municipal/county domestic partnerships are not recognized in the same way as civil unions.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:12pm
  3. Robbie, anyone can go down now to get a marriage licence. If you want to convert a civil union you wait until June, because it wasn’t addressed in the courts.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:12pm
  4. Thank you for sharing. I appreciate it.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:14pm
  5. Isn’t that Unfair for the rest of the state though? Why not ake it state wide Today not 4 months from now…

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:26pm
  6. Why was the delay in the law in the first place?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:28pm
  7. I think it was to keep the opponents of the bill happy. More of a "here, you can keep your "traditional marriage" for a couple more months."

    Replied on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 4:00am
  8. I agree. It should be a state wide deal in all fairness.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:33pm
  9. It will be in June, there was a court ruling to begin sooner.

    Replied on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 3:48am
  10. Thank you governor for being so fair and allowing equality in your State…..now if other states can take your example…

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:42pm
  11. yay!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:56pm
  12. Michigan next please!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 9:36pm
  13. Little By Little…….

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 9:40pm
  14. Why only in COOK county? What about the rest of us TAX PAYERS in this state? It should be STATE WIDE!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 9:48pm
  15. It will be in June. There was a court ruling to allow the marriages to begin sooner.

    Replied on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 3:48am
  16. Doing the right thing!!!! Thank you governor!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:01pm
  17. Go Illinois, and now what about you other states, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana??? Iowa didn’t slide down the Mississippi, and neither will Illinois…

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:16pm
  18. Unfortunately in Uganda the situation is not so good, please sign the petition and share: https://www.allout.org/en/actions/kill-the-bill

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:45pm
  19. good to hear. im transgender and gay proud live in kentucky wish kentucky pass same thing. state wide. one of these days ill meet the right man not just to marry him but share our life together. it should be all 50 states. we should beable to marry who we want. love to all

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:46pm
  20. Because he is a quality governor! :)

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 12:59am
  21. One small step…

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 3:33am