SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is telling every county clerk statewide that marriage equality should be the law of Illinois effective immediately.
The law legalizing gay marriage in Illinois set a start date of June 1st, but a federal judge ruled Cook County should be providing them immediately. His ruling did not impact any other county, however. Madigan's interpretation opens the door for counties statewide to legally issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Governor Quinn praised Madigan's directive, saying in a statement, “Nobody should have to wait for equal rights when it comes to love. I encourage every county clerk in Illinois to quickly follow the Attorney General’s guidance. Following this guidance, the Illinois Department of Public Health will now accept all marriage licenses issued by any county clerk in Illinois.”
Madigan's ruling was issued on Tuesday, and it is unclear if any county clerks in the Stateline area were prepared to immediately issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.
Lee County Clerk Cathy Myers and Jo Daviess County Clerk Jean Dimke both told Eyewitness News that they've asked the states attorney in their respective county to review Madigan's ruling before giving the go ahead to issue licenses.
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