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Heartwearming Pictures Of The First Same Sex Couples Allowed To Marry In Cook County, Ill.

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.

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A federal judge ruled that same-sex couples were allowed to marry in Cook County, Ill., on Friday.

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Robin Petrovic (right) kisses Jamie Gayle after they received their Civil Union license in Chicago in this file photo taken June 1, 2011.

On Nov. 20, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the state's same-sex marriage bill into law, which granted same-sex couples the right to marry starting June 1.

But in her decision announced Friday, U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman wrote,/a> "There is no reason to delay further when no opposition has been presented to this Court and committed gay and lesbian couples have already suffered from the denial of their fundamental right to marry."

This couple was allowed to marry weeks ago because of a medical exemption; they were the first couple to wed under this law.

Cook County, Ill. now giving marriage licenses to same-sex couples - http://t.co/99ffOlvUsE

QSaltLake Magazine@QSaltLake

Cook County, Ill. now giving marriage licenses to same-sex couples - http://t.co/99ffOlvUsE

07:14 PM - 21 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Only the downtown Cook County office began issuing same-sex marriage licenses on Friday, but all city offices will begin issuing licenses on Monday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

One of the four same-sex couples who have gotten their marriage licenses today in Cook County. #marriageequality

David Orr@cookcountyclerk

One of the four same-sex couples who have gotten their marriage licenses today in Cook County. #marriageequality

02:39 PM - 21 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

“THIS is the fee for a Cook County marriage license.” “Sixty bucks. It’s all there, pal." MT @Suntimes

Andy Ihnatko@Ihnatko

“THIS is the fee for a Cook County marriage license.” “Sixty bucks. It’s all there, pal." MT @Suntimes

02:52 PM - 21 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Theresa Volpe and Mercedes Santos, pictured below with their 9-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son, finally wed on Saturday.

Previously, the couple was part of a lawsuit over gay union rights and had testified in Springfield, Ill., on behalf of gay marriage, the Tribune reported.

.@CookCountyClerk David Orr livetweeted as same-sex marriage licenses were issued today http://t.co/z6REPV8coe

Chicago Sun-Times@Suntimes

.@CookCountyClerk David Orr livetweeted as same-sex marriage licenses were issued today http://t.co/z6REPV8coe

08:51 PM - 21 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Mercedes and Teresa married the third today. Cook county

Windy City Times@WindyCityTimes1

Mercedes and Teresa married the third today. Cook county

03:05 PM - 21 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

On Saturday, more than 20 same-sex couples got married in the three hours the First Municipal District Marriage and Civil Union Court in downtown Chicago was open, Court Clerk Michele Roberts said.

First same-sex couple in line in Cook County to get marriage license - http://t.co/I2ZeTzEyqS -

LGBTQ Nation@lgbtqnation

First same-sex couple in line in Cook County to get marriage license - http://t.co/I2ZeTzEyqS -

02:33 PM - 21 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"43 years" "That’s a long time to wait" Same-sex couples get married in Cook County http://t.co/aX4rG5Ne4N

Chicago Sun-Times@Suntimes

"43 years" "That’s a long time to wait"

Same-sex couples get married in Cook County http://t.co/aX4rG5Ne4N

06:03 PM - 22 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Congratulations to the happy couples!

A total of 46 same-sex couples got marriage licenses in Cook County today http://t.co/x1DPaOmQFf @NilesILNews

Alex V Hernandez@TheAVHernandez

A total of 46 same-sex couples got marriage licenses in Cook County today
http://t.co/x1DPaOmQFf @NilesILNews

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