Judge rules, no need to wait for same-sex couples

By Alex Davis | adavis@wcia.com

Published 02/21 2014 05:01PM

Updated 02/21 2014 06:20PM

ILLINOIS -- Some same-sex couples in Illinois won't have to wait until June to take their marriage vows. Friday, a federal judge ruled gay and lesbian couples can get hitched in Cook County before the new law starts this summer.

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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