AG encourages moving forward with same-sex marriage

- ILLINOIS -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is encouraging counties in the state to move forward with same-sex marriages. The Macon County Circuit Clerk sent Madigan a letter asking for guidance.

Based on her support, Macon County will start issuing same-sex licenses on March 10. They're in the process of training staff and getting additional software.

Cook and Champaign counties have led the charge. Statewide, same-sex marriage goes into effect June 1. Some counties will continue to wait until that date. The Vermilion County State's Attorney says they will continue to focus on Vermilion County and will start issuing marriage licenses June 1.

Based on Madigan's statements, the Coles County Circuit Clerk's Office says, "The State's Attorney's Office plans to release a statement and they will act accordingly."

On March 24, McLean County, will join Macon, Cook and Champaign. The DeWitt County Clerk says the office is still working with the State's Attorney to determine when it will start.

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