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Cook County, Ill., issues 258 marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
M. Spencer Green, APCharlie Gurion, center, and David Wilk hold up their marriage license as Cook County Clerk David Orr, left looks on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Chicago.

Cook County, Ill., issues more than 80 marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
CHICAGO — More than 80 same-sex couples have gotten marriage licenses in Cook County, including some from other Illinois counties who apparently didn't want to wait until gay marriage becomes legal statewide on June 1. [ Read more → ]
Cook County Clerk David Orr, left, performs a marriage ceremony for Theresa Volpe, second from left, and Mercedes Santos on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Chicago.

Wedding bells ring early for same-sex couples in Illinois’ Cook County

Friday, February 21, 2014
CHICAGO — Jubilant same-sex couples began lining up for marriage licenses in Chicago on Friday after a federal judge ruled there was no reason for residents of Illinois' largest county to wait until the state's new gay marriage law takes effect, a decision some hope will prompt county clerks statewide to begin issuing the documents. [ Read more → ]
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.

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

Friday, February 21, 2014
CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is applauding a federal judge's ruling to allow same-sex couples in Cook County to immediately wed. [ Read more → ]
TwitterCharlie Gurion and David Wilk

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

Friday, February 21, 2014
CHICAGO — The first same-sex couple is in line in Cook County to get a license. Clerk David Orr said he would start offering the licenses Friday afternoon after a federal judge's ruling. [ Read more → ]
APRahm Emanuel

Chicago mayor Emanuel praises ruling allowing gay couples to begin marrying

Friday, February 21, 2014
CHICAGO -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is praising a federal judge's ruling that allows gay couple to marry immediately in Cook County. [ Read more → ]

Federal judge says same-sex marriages can begin in Chicago, Cook County

Friday, February 21, 2014
CHICAGO — A federal judge says same-sex couples in Chicago don't have to wait until June to marry. Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman's Friday order says there is no reason to delay same-sex marriages in Illinois, when the state's law is set to take effect. [ Read more → ]
Patrick Bova and Jim Darby, lead plaintiffs in the Lambda Legal suit, entered into a civil union in 2011.

Judge to decide in Sept. on whether to dismiss challenge to Ill. gay marriage ban

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
CHICAGO — A judge in Cook County, Ill., won’t decide until late September on whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state’s same sex marriage ban. [ Read more → ]

Cook County, Ill., offering wallet-sized civil union, marriage certificates

Saturday, January 12, 2013
Same-sex couples in Illinois now have an easier way to prove their civil union. Cook County Clerk David Orr unveiled wallet-sized civil union and marriage licenses Thursday, designed specifically for same-sex couples in a civil union or married couples with different last names. [c]Image courtesy... [ Read more → ]

Court denies anti-gay groups’ efforts to intervene in Ill. marriage equality lawsuit

Friday, November 30, 2012
Cook County Circuit Court Judge Sophia Hall rejected motions to intervene in the trial challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage Friday by two anti-gay churches and the Illinois Family Institute, an anti-gay hate group. [ Read more → ]

Cook County State’s Attorney: Illinois gay marriage ban unconstitutional

Friday, June 15, 2012
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez held a press conference with County Clerk David Orr, the defendant in two lawsuits seeking marriage equality, both advising that same-sex marriage should be legal in Illinois. Alvarez filed a motion in support of the lawsuits Thursday, admitting that the state’s ban is unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
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