Tuesday, 25 February 2014 15:43

Cook County Judge Allowed Same-Sex Couples To Get Married Before June

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Judge Johnson Coleman of Cook County in Illinois decided to now grant the right to marry to same-sex couples. 

The law legalizing marriage equality in Illinois has to come into force on June 1st, 2014 but Judge Coleman thought that since there had been no opposition to this law, it was thus not necessary to wait until June 1 to start to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples.

Moreover, a recent Tribune/WGN-TV telephone poll showed that even within the Republicans, marriage equality divides. Less and less voters want to see the same-sex marriage law repealed like Thomas Wysoglad, 72, a retired federal facilities manager from southwest suburban Bolingbrook, who told The Chicago Tribune that the same-sex marriage law should stand.

"I believe in equal rights," he said, adding that a later job in retail exposed him to a diversity of people.

"I don't see any real negatives to recognizing same-sex marriage. I'm Catholic also," he said. "Times change."

Among Republicans who call themselves moderates, it is even truer. The poll shows indeed that 53% think the law should stand and 42% want it to be repealed.

They can hope to repeal it or to let it stand, a repeal is not on the agenda and WE enjoy the victory!