The McLean County Clerk says same sex couples can start booking marriage license appointmernts now. Kathy Michael says the rationale of a Cook County case applies to McLean County as well.
The first available appointments to get that document will be March 24th. Michael says they typically work ahead to avoid long waiting. She notes that if same sex couples want to convert a civil union to a marriage without a fee, they will have to wait until June 1st. She says several couples have called in to find that and decided to wait for their anniversary to get married so they have only one key date to celebrate. The marriage law allows conversion of a civil union to a marriage with no fee for the first year after the new law takes effect. She says couples must wait at least a day to get married after they get the license, but not more than sixty days.
McLean County is among several downstate counties looking at the reasoning behind a court ruling applying to Cook County residents and deciding to begin issuing same sex marriage licenses ahead of the official start in June. Since the civil union law went into effect in 2011, Michael says she has issued more than 200 such permits to same sex couples. That compares with several thousand marriage licenses per year.
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