Two more counties say they will start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples before the state's new gay marriage law takes effect on June 1. St. Clair County Clerk Tom Holbrook and Cass County Clerk Michael Kirchner say they will start accepting applications immediately. That's after Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan advised that counties don't have to wait until June. McLean County is taking appointments for licenses that will be issued beginning March 24th. Madigan's guidance was in response to a question about the scope of a federal court ruling that found Illinois' original ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. Cook County and Champaign County have also started issuing licenses. Several county clerks say they will wait out of concern that issuing licenses before June 1 might open them up to lawsuits. Others are waiting for legal advice from their state's attorneys.
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