Some counties to wait on gay marriage licenses

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 10:30 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — County clerks in some parts of Illinois say they'll wait until June to issue same-sex marriage licenses even after a federal judge ruled gay couples in Cook County can get them immediately.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register (http://bit.ly/1hyMQkC ) reports more than half a dozen central Illinois counties will issue licenses in June when the new same-sex marriage law takes effect. Those counties are Sangamon, Logan, Cass, Morgan, Macoupin, Montgomery and Christian.

A federal judge ruled last week that Illinois' same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. That ruling applied to Cook County because the lawsuit was filed against Clerk David Orr.

Another county started issuing them Wednesday. Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten says he's consulted with attorneys and that if the original law "is unconstitutional in Cook County it's unconstitutional in Champaign County."

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Information from: The State Journal-Register, http://www.sj-r.com

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