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Judge: Gay couples can marry in Cook County right away

<p>In this Nov. 27, 2013, photo, Vernita Gray, left, and Patricia Ewert smile at friends after they were married in Chicago by Cook County Judge Patricia Logue, the first&nbsp;<a id="firsthit" name="firsthit"></a>gay&nbsp;marriage&nbsp;in&nbsp;Illinois. &nbsp;| Sun-Times Media File&nbsp;</p>

In this Nov. 27, 2013, photo, Vernita Gray, left, and Patricia Ewert smile at friends after they were married in Chicago by Cook County Judge Patricia Logue, the first gay marriage in Illinois.  | Sun-Times Media File 

A federal judge ruled that same-sex couples can start applying for marriage licenses and tying the knot starting now instead of waiting until June in Cook County. According to the Chicago Sun-Times

"Same-sex couples don’t have to wait until June to get married in Cook County under a federal judge’s ruling issued Friday.

“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,” U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman said in her ruling.

Friday’s ruling in the class-action lawsuit against the Cook County Clerk’s office affects only same-sex marriages in Cook County.

Cook County Clerk David Orr said his office will issue licenses immediately at the downtown office, and couples can get married as soon as Saturday."

[Read the full story at the Chicago Sun-Times]

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