Same-sex couples might have to wait to get license

Published 11/07 2013 10:08PM

Updated 11/08 2013 10:52AM

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- Same-sex couples in Illinois will soon be able to get married, but they might have to wait a few days to make it official. Governor Quinn says he'll sign it, but the start date is on a Sunday when most offices are closed. Now, some are changing their hours.

Champaign County is one of the few in the state. The county clerk has decided to open its doors Sunday, June 1, 2014, for couples to officially say, "I do." Macon County will do the same. In fact, it plans to open the doors as soon as the clock strikes midnight.

Sangamon, Shelby, Piatt, Coles and Vermilion will not be open until Monday, June 2, 2014. The Sangamon County clerk says it just costs too much to pay employees overtime and they don't want to play favorites, but the Champaign County clerk says it's about time same-sex couples are accommodated.

"The spirit of the law is the legislature wants us to treat same-sex marriages the same way we have treated marriages for a number of years. We have gone above and beyond in terms of the customer service of that we provide of marriage licenses in county for a long time. This is just an extension of the kind of customer service we have," Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten said.

Hulten says the process of obtaining a same-sex marriage license won't differ at all from any other marriage license. There are 197 civil union licenses filed in Champaign County. Those couples will have one year to convert their civil unions into marriages.

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