CHICAGO — A federal judge in Illinois signed an order last week that same-sex couples there wherein one partner faces a serious medical issue can marry now instead of waiting until the scheduled start date of June 1, Windy City Times reported Dec. 16.
Couples seeking an early union for medical reasons will be able to access a form from their county clerk’s office, which will have to be certified by a physician, the paper said. The ruling applies only to Cook County residents but gay and lesbian couples from other parts of the state can get forms and wed there, the paper said.
Judge Sharon Coleman from the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois issued the ruling. The case is being argued by lawyers from Lambda Legal and ACLU Illinois, as well as the law firms of Kirkland & Ellis and Miller Shakman & Beem.
Two couples have already wed because of Coleman’s determination, which was delivered orally on Dec. 9. Elvie Jordan and Challis Gibbs were wed in their North Side home Dec. 12, while Ronald Dorfman and Ken Ilio were married Dec. 13, the Times reports.