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 Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) has withdrawn a bill that would have attempted to re-ban same-sex marriage.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

in Local

City Needs Extra $3.5 Million to Cover Healthcare Costs

Health

It appears health care costs for city of Springfield employees went over budget by more than three million dollars this fiscal year.

in Local

Lincoln Woman Gets Prison Time: Embezzles Two Million Dollars

money

A Lincoln woman will serve nearly 4 years in prison for embezzling two million dollars over 17 years.

in Local

Rauner Pushes “Right to Work” Zones

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says one of his priorities for his first year in office will be creating so-called “right to work zones.”

in Local

Lawmaker Introduces Measure to Cut GA, Officer Salaries

money

An Illinois lawmaker has introduced legislation that would cut the pay of elected officeholders by 10 percent.

in Local

Portions of MacArthur Blvd. Closed due to Sewer Cave In

road construction

Portions of southbound MacArthur Blvd. are down to one lane due to a sewer cave in.