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. More than half a dozen central Illinois counties will issue licenses in June when the new same-sex marriage law takes effect. They include Sangamon, Logan, Cass, Morgan, Macoupin, Montgomery and Christian Counties. A federal judge last week ruled Illinois' same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. This morning another county started issuing the licenses. 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." McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael says she agrees with Hulten, and is meeting with the state's attorney's office to make sure new forms are ready. Michael says she's "fairly certain" McLean County will begin issuing same sex marriage licenses before the first of June.
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