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Sangamon County Same-Sex Couples Can Get Marriage Licenses This Week


Same sex couples in Sangamon County will be able to get their marriage licenses early.

Sangamon County Clerk Joe Aiello says his office will begin issuing marriage licenses on Friday in order to accommodate ceremonies taking place this weekend.  He says the office will be open during normal business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
However, Aiello says a couple's marriage won't be legally valid until the date the same-sex marriage law goes into effect, this Sunday.

"Now, if you're going to come in and apply for a same sex marriage license, it's not valid until midnight of June 1st.  So you'll have to hold it until then," Aiello said.

Several counties in the state have already begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, including Macon county.

Clerks from Morgan, Christian, Logan and Menard Counties say same-sex couples will have to wait until Monday, June 2nd, to get their licenses.

Lee Strubinger completed the University of Illinois Springfield's Public Affairs Reporting graduate program and is currently in Colorado.
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