BREAKING: Same-Sex Marriages Can Begin Immediately In Chicago!
Cook County, get ready!! Same-sex marriage is now legal in Cook County, Illinois--where Chicago, Illinois's largest city is located.
According to The Associated Press:
Same-sex couples in Illinois’ largest county can begin applying for marriage licenses immediately, according to a federal judge’s ruling Friday that some attorneys said could give county clerks across the state reason to also issue marriage certificates right away.
Illinois has legalized same-sex marriage, but the new law doesn’t take effect until June 1. However, U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman ruled Friday that same-sex marriages can begin 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 has a life-threatening illness. Several same-sex couples married after that ruling.
The judge’s decision only applies to Cook County, according to the ruling.
It's very possible that this ruling could extend to other Illinois counties before the scheduled June 1 date, but in the meantime, head to the chapel in Cook County, Instincters!!