Start of Ill. same-sex marriages falls on a Sunday

Same sex marriage


Associated Press

 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - County clerks around Illinois are gearing up for the start of same-sex marriages June 1, but there's just one problem. That's a Sunday and clerks' offices are closed.

Some clerks say they'll remain open to issue marriage certificates. Others aren't sure.
To fix the logistical issue, state Sen. Don Harmon has filed legislation to move up the effective date. But that isn't expected for a vote this week while lawmakers are in veto session.
Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten says his office will be open that Sunday.
But in Cook County, where about 4,000 couples are in civil unions, things aren't clear. Cook County Clerk David Orr's spokeswoman says the office isn't sure what they'll do.
Madison County Clerk Debra Ming-Mendoza says they'll open June 2.