Champaign Co. Issues 1st Same-Sex Marriage License

URBANA, Ill. (AP) -- Champaign County's first marriage license to a same-sex couple has been issued to two University of Illinois law students.

Laura and Marissa Melireceived their license Wednesday as the county became the second in Illinois to issue the documents to same-sex couples. They've been together more than eight years.

Laura Meli says the couple drove to Chicago last week to get a license. That's when a federal judge ruled the state's gay marriage ban was unconstitutional and Cook County couples could wed immediately ahead of a new state law that takes effect June 1.

However, they had hoped for a Champaign County license.

Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten says he's consulted with attorneys and decided if the original law "is unconstitutional in Cook County it's unconstitutional in Champaign County."



Some counties to wait on gay marriage licenses

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- County clerks in some parts of Illinois say they'll wait until June to issue same-sex marriage licenses even after a federal judge ruled gay couples in Cook County can get them immediately.

The State Journal-Register reports more than half a dozen central Illinois counties will issue licenses in June when the new same-sex marriage law takes effect. Those counties are Sangamon, Logan, Cass, Morgan, Macoupin, Montgomery and Christian.

A federal judge ruled last week that Illinois' same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. That ruling applied to Cook County because the lawsuit was filed against Clerk David Orr.

Another county started issuing them Wednesday. Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten says he's consulted with attorneys and that if the original law "is unconstitutional in Cook County it's unconstitutional in Champaign County."


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