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Officials Encourage Counties to Take Immediate Action on Same-Sex Marriage

Updated: Wednesday, March 5 2014, 03:40 PM CST

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says all county clerks in Illinois have the right to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses immediately. 

Madigan issued the guidance earlier this evening in response to a question from the Macon County Clerk on the state law legalizing same-sex marriage doesn't take effect until June first. 

A federal judge ruled last month that Illinois' original ban was unconstitutional, but that ruling only applied to Cook county - where the lawsuit was filed. 

Madigan told Macon County officials that because current restrictions on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, couples asking for a marriage licenses in any county should be given one.

Champaign and Mclean counties have already started offering marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Officials Encourage Counties to Take Immediate Action on Same-Sex Marriage


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