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Illinois Gay Marriage: Same-Sex Couples Allowed To Marry Early For Medical Reasons

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Holding their Illinois marriage license, Vernita Gray, left, and Patricia Ewert smile at friends after they were married by Cook County Judge Patricia Logue, the first gay marriage in Illinois, at the couple's home Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, in Chicago. On the heels of the couple's marriage, a federal judge signed an order Dec. 16 allowing same-sex couples wherein an individual is seriously ill can wed earlier than the marriage law's June 1 effective date. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Story by Matt Simonette, courtesy Windy City Times:

A federal judge signed an order Dec. 16 that said same-sex couples wherein a partner faces a serious medical complication can marry ahead of the scheduled June 1 start date when marriage equality takes effect in Illinois.

Couples seeking an early marriage for medical reasons will be able to access a form from their county clerk's office; the form will need to be certified by a physician.

Forms were expected to be available from the Cook County Clerk's Office by the afternoon of Dec. 16.

Read the whole story at Windy City Times.

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