BLOOMINGTON, IL - Republican McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael says she hopes to be issuing same-sex marriage licenses by the middle of next week. The decision makes McLean the third county, and largest in the state, to do so after a federal judge ruled Cook County gay couples did not have to wait until the state’s new gay marriage law takes effect this summer.


"Its legal, if theres an illness, to be granted a marriage license of same-sex, now," Michael told WGLT Public Radio. "Why would it be delayed till June First, when there are exceptions that are already being made?"

Champaign County officials began issuing same-sex marriage licenses this week.

Feb. 21 ruling stemmed from a lawsuit against Cook County Clerk David Orr and applied only to Cook County, which includes Chicago. However, U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman also said the state’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional, which legal experts said other counties could use as a reason to issue marriage licenses right away.


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