Although she calls a court ruling granting immediate marriage equality in Cook County, Ill., “persuasive,” Attorney General Lisa Madigan avoids telling clerks in other counties what to do now. Update: Gov. Pat Quinn says Madigan’s guidance means the state will accept marriage licenses issued by any county.
With county clerks reaching different conclusions on the impact of last week’s marriage equality ruling in Cook County, one clerk is asking the state’s top lawyer to give some guidance.
Same-sex couples in Cook County, Ill., originally had to wait until June 1 to wed. But on Friday, U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman ruled that same-sex couples could marry immediately.
A judge orders the Cook County Clerk to immediately grant a marriage license months in advance of the state’s new marriage equality law taking effect.