Couples heading north for marriage licenses

By Alex Davis |

Published 02/25 2014 05:35PM

Updated 02/25 2014 05:38PM

ILLINOIS -- Cook County is now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. So far, close to 100 licensees have been given out. WCIA-3's Alex Davis finds out how other clerks feel about waiting until June 1.

Many say it's not fair, but they're respecting the law as it now stands. We're less than four months from same-sex marriage becoming legal in the state, but Cook County is already doling out licenses.

"It's unfortunate Cook County is able to do it and we're not. It just doesn't seem fair to a lot of people out there who would like to come in and apply for a same-sex marriage license."

So, everyone else is playing the waiting game.

"It puts everybody in a tough spot. You've got 101 other counties that can't do it."

In Champaign and Sangamon counties, clerks are prepping to make sure, if a similar ruling happens, they're ready.

"By the end of next week, we should be ready to issue licenses."

But, as of right now, no other counties can issue those certificates. That's upsetting some same-sex couples who are anxious to wed.

"I wish the state would be a state and we would all have the same rules. If Cook County is allowing this, I wish that Champaign could also, that we would all be on the same page."

Even though Lynn Sprout and Kathie Spegal could venture up to Chicago to tie the knot, they say that's not going to happen.

"We're not going to Cook County. We'll see what happens here."

The Cook County clerk has been very busy. Between Friday and Monday, 80 marriage licenses were issued to same-sex couples there. Even couples from Indiana and Wisconsin went to there to get their marriage licenses.

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