Same-sex couples can get married in Cook County

Feb 21, 2014

A federal judge Friday is allowing same-sex couples to get married in Cook County, starting immediately. The ruling only applies to one county in Illinois - Cook County.

Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman issued a written ruling saying couples shouldn’t have to wait for the state law to go into effect. Last year, the Illinois legislature voted to allow same-sex couples to get married - starting June First this year.

In her ruling, Judge Coleman said, “committed gay and lesbian couples have already suffered from the denial of their fundamental right to marry.”

There was no opposition to the lawsuit filed against Cook County Clerk David Orr.