Same-sex marriage to begin in Cook County immediately, judge rules

Same-sex marriage to begin in Cook County immediately, judge rules

A federal judge ruled Friday that same-sex couples do not have to wait until the previously approved June 1 date to marry.

  • 8 things to know about today's same-sex marriage ruling in Cook County

    Staff report

    RedEye

    What happened today?

    A federal judge in Chicago said same-sex couples don’t have to wait

    until June to marry. That’s when the measure legalizing gay marriages
    was to go into effect.

    What happened before the decision?

    Two Illinois women who were in a civil union sued last year to
    challenge the start date; one of the them had been battling breast
    cancer and was told by a doctor she had little time to live.
    A judge
    granted the request and they wed in November.
    Later, the judge who on
    Friday did away with the June 1 start date ordered the Cook County
    clerk’s office to issue licenses to couples in similar circumstances.

    What did the judge say today?

    "There is no reason to delay further when no opposition has been
    presented to this Court and committed gay and lesbian couples have
    already suffered from the denial of their fundamental right to marry.
    ”  
    --  U.
    S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman.

    How soon can people get married?
    ... Continue reading at http://www.redeyechicago.com/news/redeye-same-sex-marriage-in-cook-county-ruling-explained-20140221,0,579234.story#RIkHGAbKo4VWlB9j.99
  • Charlie & David- the first #LGBT couple to request a marriage license in Cook County, Illinois after Federal Judge rules same sex marriages can start today, not in June.
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    by Halsted Vodka via Instagram edited by RedEye Chicago 2/21/2014 7:00:52 PM
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