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Gay Marriages Begin in Cook County

Wedding bells are in full swing at the Cook County clerk's office after U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman's recent ruling on gay marriage, allowing couples in the county to wed before June.

For the time being, same sex couples in other counties must wait until June 1, 2014 to obtain marriage licenses. That is when Governor Pat Quinn's bill legalizing same sex marriage becomes effective.

In Cook County, same sex couples began lining up for marriage licenses within one hour of Johnson's ruling.