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Same-sex couples can marry now with doctor’s note: federal judge

Holding their Illinois marriage license, Vernita Gray, left, and Patricia Ewert smile at friends after they were married by Cook County Judge Patricia Logue, the first gay marriage in Illinois, at the couple's home Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, in Chicago. U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, ordered the Cook County clerk to issue an expedited marriage license to Gray and Ewert before the state's gay marriage law takes effect in June 2014, because Gray is terminally ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) ORG XMIT: ILCA101
Holding their Illinois marriage license, Vernita Gray, left, and Patricia Ewert smile at friends after they were married by Cook County Judge Patricia Logue, the first gay marriage in Illinois, at the couple's home Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, in Chicago. U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, ordered the Cook County clerk to issue an expedited marriage license to Gray and Ewert before the state's gay marriage law takes effect in June 2014, because Gray is terminally ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) ORG XMIT: ILCA101

Local same-sex couples where one or both partners are suffering from a terminal illness can look into getting a marriage license prior to June. According to the Chicago Sun-Times:

"Same-sex couples in which one or both partners has a life-threatening illness now don’t have to wait until June to get married in Illinois.

U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman Monday ordered Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office to immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to qualifying couples. 

Though the suit — brought by two Chicago couples — names Orr’s office, the ruling applies statewide and could potentially affect hundreds of couples, gay rights advocates say. Illinois last month became the 16th state to legalize gay marriage, but most couples can’t apply for licenses until June 1."

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

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