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

Holding their Illinois marriage license, Vernita Gray, left, and Patricia Ewert smile at friends after they were married by C
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. U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, ordered the Cook County clerk to issue an expedited marriage license to Gray and Ewert before the state's gay marriage law takes effect in June 2014, because Gray is terminally ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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.

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