80 same-sex couples get Illinois marriage licenses
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Cook County Clerk David Orr, left, and Christopher Clark, counsel at Lambda Legal speak at a news conference just after a federal judge ruled gay couples in the Chicago area don't have to wait until June to marry.
The Cook County clerk says so far his office has issued 80 marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Clerk David Orr's office issued 46 licenses on Friday and 34 through 3 p.m. on Monday. A federal judge Friday ruled same-sex couples could immediately begin marrying and don't have to wait until June 1. That's when same-sex marriage takes effect in Illinois. The ruling only applies to Cook County.
Orr says 44 male couples and 36 female couples were issued licenses, ranging in age from 18 to 80. He says most licenses were issued to Chicago residents, although couples from Champaign, DuPage, Lake, Will and Winnebago counties also received licenses.
One couple from Indiana and one couple from Wisconsin also received licenses.
Orr says 31 of the couples already had civil unions.
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