Judge: Same-sex couples can marry now in Cook County

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A federal judge has just ruled that same-sex couples don’t have to wait until June to get married in Cook County.

gaymarriageU.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman say, “There is no reason to delay further when no opposition has been presented to this court.” The ruling appears to only affect same-sex marriages in Cook County.

Following the ruling, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued the following statement:

“Today a federal judge affirmed that love does not discriminate and that all gays and lesbians in Cook County should have the right to marry. Chicago welcomes all couples to get married here to celebrate their love and to have the bonds of their family acknowledged under law. I look forward to the day where every American enjoys the same freedom to marry, and when our country can provide equal rights to every man or woman – gay or straight. “

Many couples rushed to be the first in line Friday. Any wedding day can be stressful—but just think about making history while you do it.

“It’s just overwhelming, really exciting and wonderful and a historic fantastic day.”

Originally we weren’t going to start seeing this until June, that’s when the same sex marriage bill signed by Governor Quinn was supposed to go into effect but

Like any marriage or wedding things don’t always go as planned.

Once engaged couple David Wilk and Charlie Gurion saw the news on facebook– they wasted no time getting down here to get their license– they were not expecting to make history.

“Actually we have our wedding in September– apparently we are going to push that up”

Carolyn and Sara Kujawa also sped up their wedding timeline on the spur of the moment.

“She was in the bank and I was in the car with him and I saw it on the Tribune and I said let’s go—we were down here so parked and let’s go do it.”

The couple that got the same sex marriage law going in Illinois also made an appearance at the Daley Center Friday.

After a domestic partnership and civil union, they wanted to be married in the eyes of the state.  Once they had their license they had one more hurdle to jump the 24 hour waiting period.

“I hereby waive the hour period and this couple can get married in the County of Cook.”

And with their family watching they said their vows.

“I now pronounce that you are married.”