News

Equality Illinois: Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Now

Equality Illinois: Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Now

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

The gay rights group Equality Illinois is asking county clerks across the state to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
A federal court ruling requiring marriage licenses to be issued applies only to Cook County, but it appears Illinois’ other 101 counties may issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, if county clerks are willing to do it, and the group is urging county clerks to do so, says chief executive Bernard Cherkasov.
“Many of them are eager to also start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. They’re consulting with their lawyers right now to see about the feasibility of it and what else that they need to get done. But there is definitely opportunity for them to do so,” he said.
Cherkasov says he has contacted a number of county clerks, but would not say how many or which ones.
The law allowing same-sex marriage kicks in June 1. Cherkasov acknowledged that if county clerks wish to wait until the statute goes into effect, he can’t tell them they’re wrong, but he says if county clerks are so inclined, they can rely on this federal court ruling, which invoked the U.S. Constitution, to start right away.
In any event, same-sex couples living anywhere in Illinois may at this time go to Cook County, get a marriage license and have the marriage officiated there, and they will then be legally married under Illinois and federal law when they return to their homes in other parts of the state.
Meanwhile, State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) has withdrawn a bill that would have attempted to re-ban same-sex marriage.

Recent Headlines

5 hours ago in Local

Lawmakers Honor Lincoln at Lincoln’s Tomb

2-12-16 Lincoln Tomb

Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat, says a Republican like Abraham Lincoln is still someone for which we should place great honor.

6 hours ago in Local

Grant Encourages Better Farm Conservation

farm

If you're a farmer in the 21st Century, you're probably hearing about - if not practicing - "precision farming." And that extends to conservation practices, too.

10 hours ago in Local

Rauner to Close Juvenile Prison

juvenile justice

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says it will close the youth correctional facility in Kewanee, near Peoria and the Quad Cities.

10 hours ago in Local

$1 Million Donated for Governor’s Mansion Repairs

governor's mansion

The organization leading efforts to renovation the Illinois governor's mansion says it received $1 million in donations last year toward efforts to fix a leaky roof and other things.

10 hours ago in Local

Illinois Up for Federal Transportation Money

road construction

Illinois transportation planners are awaiting details of how they could use a potential multi-million windfall for the state.