Currently, the ruling only applies to Cook County, but that doesn't mean couples wishing to wed couldn't venture there to make it happen. Under the ruling, all couples married in Cook County will receive the rights and protections of marriage, effective immediately; four months sooner than the original effective date of June 1.
Governor Quinn signed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act on November 20, 2013. Illinois is now the 16th state in the country to bring marriage equality to all couples.
Governor Quinn released a statement about Friday's ruling:
Many couples in Illinois have waited long enough for marriage
equality and today's ruling means thousands of Illinois' couples
no longer have to wait. Every county across the state should
enjoy the same freedom without having to wait until June.
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