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Vernita Gray (L) and Pat Ewert kiss after their Civil Union ceremony in Chicago, June 2, 2011. Illinois is the sixth state that allows civil unions or their equivalent. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS) - RTR2N7IY
Marriage equality goes into effect in Illinois on June 1, according to the law passed last November. But in Cook County, home of Chicago's large population, equality starts now, thanks to a ruling from U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman:
“There is no dispute here that the ban on same-sex marriage violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and infringes on the plaintiffs’ fundamental right to marry,” the judge wrote in her opinion. “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.”
No appeals are likely, since all of the relevant parts of the government are in favor of marriage equality. People in the rest of the state, though, will still have to wait until June 1.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Fri Feb 21, 2014 at 10:40 AM PST.

Also republished by Land of Lincoln Kos, Kossacks for Marriage Equality, Chicago Kossacks, and Daily Kos.

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