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Marriage Equality to Begin Immediately in an Illinois County, Court Rules

Today, a federal court ruled the Cook County Clerk’s office should immediately begin issuing licenses to same-sex couples.

Marriage licenses for same-sex couples were set to begin on June 1, after Governor Pat Quinn signed marriage equality into law in November.

However, with today’s ruling loving, committed same-sex couples no longer need to wait to secure their marriage in Cook County.

Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois filed the case, Lee v. Orr, in December on behalf of several Illinois couples who applied to marry prior to June 1 in Cook County.

The Land of Lincoln is the 17th state, plus the District of Columbia, to enact marriage equality.

For more information about obtaining a marriage license, visit

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