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Friday, February 21, 2014

Courts - "Gay marriages in Cook Co. Illinois, don’t have to wait, judge rules"

Stefano Esposito and Becky Schlikerman of the Chicago Sun-Times report this afternoon:

Same-sex couples don’t have to wait until June to get married in Cook County under a federal judge’s ruling issued Friday.

“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 said in her ruling.

Friday’s ruling in the class-action lawsuit against the Cook County Clerk’s office affects only same-sex marriages in Cook County.

Cook County Clerk David Orr said his office will issue licenses immediately at the downtown office, and couples can get married as soon as Saturday. * * *

In December, Coleman ruled that same-sex couples in which one or both partners has a life-threatening illness don’t have to wait June to get married, when Illinois’ gay marriage law take effect statewide.

Before that ruling, Vernita Gray, 64, and Patricia Ewert, 65, became the first same-sex couple to wed in Illinois in November after they asked a federal judge for an expedited license because Gray has inoperable brain tumors and breast cancer that had spread to her bones.

Illinois became the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage, but the law was not to have taken effect until June 1.

ILB: Here is the 4-page opinion, via the Huffington Post.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 21, 2014 01:56 PM
Posted to Courts in general