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Saturday, February 22, 2014

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

Updating this ILB post from yesterday, the NWI Times reports today:

CHICAGO | Same-sex couples in Illinois' largest county began receiving marriage licenses immediately after a federal judge's ruling Friday that some attorneys said could give county clerks statewide justification to also issue the documents right away.

Illinois approved same-sex marriage last year; the new law takes effect June 1. However, U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman ruled Friday that same-sex marriages can begin now in Cook County, where Chicago is located.

"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," she wrote in the order.

The decision stemmed from a lawsuit filed against Cook County Clerk David Orr, who supports gay marriage. Coleman already ruled in December that same-sex couples did not have to wait until June to marry if one or both partners had a life-threatening illness. Several same-sex couples married after that ruling. * * *

But gay Hoosier couples who cross the state line into Cook County to get married will not be considered legally wed when they cross back into Indiana.

That's because Indiana law not only prohibits same-sex couples from marrying in the state, it also declares, "A marriage between persons of the same gender is void in Indiana even if the marriage is lawful in the place where it is solemnized."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 22, 2014 10:30 AM
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