CHAMPAIGN COUNTY - The domino effect hits same sex marriage.
Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten announced gay couples can get a marriage license effective immediately. It follows a lawsuit by Cook County and the Illinois Attorney General. A federal judge said the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional as it violates the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause.
The lawsuit allowed gay couples to get married only in Cook County before June 1, which was the original date the state said it would allow gay couple to get licenses.
But, Hulten says the ruling can apply to all counties in the state.
"Given the ruling, denying a license to a same sex couple would provide no benefit to the county and would likely result in litigation at taxpayer expense" says Hulten. "Therefore, effective immediately, the Champaign County Clerk's office will issue marriage licenses to same sex applicants."