35 same-sex couples will change their status to "married" in McLean County this week. The new law allowing same-sex marriage in the state went into effect June 1 and the county clerk's office is already booked through the week with marriage license appointments. Though couples have been allowed to obtain marriage licenses in the county since March, Clerk Kathy Michael (pictured) says a lot of people wanted to wait until June.
"Many couples decided not to rush and get the marriage license because that would change the important date that they had selected for the civil union. So, it was a real steady process rather than a big rush once that understanding was figured out by everyone."
Michael says she expects more same-sex couples to get their licenses throughout June and July. Civil union couples have one year to update to a marriage license without paying the state.
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