Same Sex Couples Can Marry Now in Cook County

Gay couples wanting to marry won't have to wait until state law goes into effect in June.

File photo.
File photo.
Gay couples in Cook County can move up their wedding dates, a federal judge in Chicago ruled Friday. 

Same-sex couples in Cook County do not have to wait to wed until state law goes into effect on June 1, under the ruling by U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman.

"There is no reason to delay further when no opposition has been presented to this Court and committed gay and lesbian couples have already suffered from the denial of their fundamental right to marry,” Coleman stated, Chicago Tribune reports.

Gov. Pat Quinn echoed Coleman's sentiment.

"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," Quinn said in a release.    

"Every county across the state should enjoy the same freedom without having to wait until June."

Cook County Clerk David Orr followed up the ruling by proclaiming he will begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses "immediately."

Israel Shuvee February 24, 2014 at 02:38 PM
Mr O'Boyle gays have every right to choose death instead of life it's their choise!
Honestly IPO February 27, 2014 at 10:48 AM
What is this relationship? Commitment to one person, sharing life's experiences big and small. The need to build a home for each other. Always supporting each other. Sometimes disagreeing always making up? Sharing hopes, dreams, successes and failures. Its a marriage. Everyone deserves that special person in their life. Israel you have your opinion and I have mine. Spouting "Hate" isn't something we share. Live and Love as you choose. Who others find attractive is none of your business. Find happiness where you are, I think you're very unhappy even with your God.
Dan February 27, 2014 at 03:20 PM
now gov. fat pat quinn,and dan rutherford can get married.
Vernon Cherrywood March 28, 2014 at 12:31 PM
Wow. I have lived, worked, and travelled all around the world after growing up in Homewood. It is so sad to me that this Patch site is really the only locally focused "news". The ignorance in these comments are stunning to me. This entire site really just makes Homewood look to outsiders like a bunch of uneducated, uniformed, bigots. Plus, where is the NEWS versus a bunch of narrow-minded opinions? I'm really saddened that (At least from The Patch) Homewood does not seem to have evolved from it's it's homophobic past, like most educated parts of the Country have. It is easy to bash and throw out hateful comments but please know how your words effect people- I am a non-apologetic gay man. Howerever, growing up in the closet in Homewood was hell. I was on the verge of suicide several times, I stopped caring about my grades at HF, or any future education due to the shame, fear, and self hate instilled in me by the extremely hostile attitudes towards gays in the south suburbs. I left at 18 feeling very scared and unwelcome, never to return. I imagine things have improved from the 1980's but judging from the comments I have read all over this website, Homewood has a LONG way to go before it is relevant in today's modern society. -And by the way, anyone who condemns gays or anyone else, is NOT a true Christian. Period.
Vernon Cherrywood March 28, 2014 at 01:12 PM
Interesting that the people who cite the one or two lines in the Bible/Torah to denounce homosexuality, completely ignore all the parts in the same chapter about mandatory DEATH for adultery, worshipping idols (hello crucifix and saints), and my favorite "Abomination": eating shellfish. Think of that when you order your next shrimp cocktail! According to the Bible, eating shellfish is equal to the "abomination" of homosexuality. Funny, I have not yet heard of any Christian protests at Red Lobster. Plus, the FIRST of the ten commandments: Thou shall have no other gods before me. (Again- hello, Jesus and every saint that is worshipped.) You treat the Bible like a salad bar. Just saying.


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