Another Illinois County Allowing Gay Marriage

4 Min ReadCHICAGO (Reuters) - Same-sex couples in ’ which includes the city of Chicago can wed immediately and do not have to wait to tie the knot until a new state law legalizing takes effect in June a federal judge ruled on Friday Another couple Dan Paulos 54 a dentist and Stephen Pease 35 his partner of 14 years were the sixth to obtain a license Paulos said they heard about it on the news “I didn’t think it would happen in my lifetime,” Paulos said Paulos and Pease had planned to marry in Hawaii next month but instead will be married Saturday by a judge and honeymoon in Hawaii they said They officially became domestic partners and previously entered a civil union “In our minds we have been married for years,” Pease said “This is just the last legal step.” Governor Pat Quinn said same-sex couples in every of the state should be able to marry before June Chicago welcomes all couples said Mayor Rahm Emanuel “I look forward to the day where every American enjoys the same freedom to marry and when our country can provide equal rights to every man or woman - or straight,”. On Friday she said the ban on same-sex until June violated the couples’ rights to equal protection under the U.S Constitution but her finding only applied to based on the case brought to her Orr who supported the couples’ request said the clerk’s office in downtown Chicago would issue same-sex licenses on Friday and stay open two hours longer than usual All offices will issue licenses starting on Monday he said Fewer than a dozen licenses had been issued to same-sex couples by mid-afternoon on Friday but “the couples keep coming,” said Orr’s spokeswoman Courtney Greve Orr married one couple on the spot Friday who had obtained a judge’s waiver Greve said A license good for 60 days normally is valid the day after it is issued All quotes delayed a minimum of 15 minutes See here for a complete list of exchanges and delays.© 2018 Reuters All Rights Reserved.

In all 17 states including and the District of Columbia recognize in a movement that has gained momentum since the U.S Supreme Court ruled in June that legally married same-sex couples are eligible for federal benefits Since mid-December federal judges have also ruled unconstitutional bans on same-sex in Oklahoma Utah and Virginia Those decisions have been stayed pending appeals Court challenges of same-sex bans are pending in several other states as well Additional reporting by David Bailey in Minneapolis and Karen Pierog in Chicago; editing by Gunna Dickson; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Gunna Dickson Robin Petrovic (R) kisses Jamie le after they received their Civil Union license in Chicago June 1 2011 file photo REUTERS/John Gress lawmakers approved same-sex late in 2013 effective on June 1 and several couples had sued Clerk David Orr for the right to marry immediately “There is no reason to delay further when no opposition has been presented to this court and committed and lesbian couples have already suffered from the denial of their fundamental right to marry,” said U.S District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman in Chicago Coleman had ruled in December that same-sex couples could obtain an emergency license ahead of June if one partner had a life-threatening illness and some same-sex couples have been issued a license on.