CHICAGO — Cook County issued 258 marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the first week it was allowed to do so by a court ruling.
A state law legalizing same-sex marriage takes effect June 1. But a federal judge in Chicago ruled Feb. 21 that Illinois’ original ban was unconstitutional. That means there’s nothing to stop couples from marrying now.
Article continues belowCounty Clerk David Orr celebrated the change as “extraordinary and historic” and said “before long, it will be a regular occurrence.” He added: “That is equality.”
Among those applying in Cook County were couples from seven other states, nine other Illinois counties and 55 Chicago suburbs.
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