Officials Encourage Counties to Take Immediate Action on Same-Sex Marriage
Updated: Wednesday, March 5 2014, 03:40 PM CST
Attorney General Lisa Madigan says all county clerks in Illinois have the right to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses immediately.
Madigan issued the guidance earlier this evening in response to a question from the Macon County Clerk on the state law legalizing same-sex marriage doesn't take effect until June first.
A federal judge ruled last month that Illinois' original ban was unconstitutional, but that ruling only applied to Cook county - where the lawsuit was filed.
Madigan told Macon County officials that because current restrictions on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, couples asking for a marriage licenses in any county should be given one.
Champaign and Mclean counties have already started offering marriage licenses to same-sex couples.