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Western IL Count Clerks Say They'll Wait Til June To Issue Same Sex Licenses

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 07:14:54 CST
By: AP/Jim Browne

County clerks in western Illinois say they'll wait until June 1 to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses, even though two other Illinois counties have started issuing them. Clerks in Adams, Pike, Hancock and Brown counties say they will wait until the state's new gay marriage law takes effect, regardless of a federal judge's ruling. Cook and Champaign counties have started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael says she has some last minute details that have to be dealt with, but expects to make an announcement this week on plans to issue same sex marriage licenses here. A District Judge, in a ruling that applied only to Cook County, called the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. That gave some legal basis for other county clerks to go ahead.

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