CHICAGO | Same-gender couples from the Southeast Side, surrounding suburbs and Northwest Indiana were among the 258 couples who were issued marriage licenses during the first week the Cook County clerk’s office could issue them.
Licenses were issued at the clerk’s office downtown, along with the offices at the five suburban courthouses, including eight issued at the Sixth District Cook County Circuit Court in Markham, according to a news release from Cook County Clerk David Orr's office. It reported 137 licenses were issued to male couples and 121 licenses were issued to female couples between Feb. 21 and 28.
Of the 167 licenses issued in Chicago, most were to couples from North Side neighborhoods. Two were issued to couples — one male and one female — from the 60617 ZIP code that encompasses the South Chicago and East Side neighborhoods, said a clerk's office spokesman. None were issued to couples from the Hegewisch neighborhood.
Twelve licenses were issued by Cook County to couples from other states, including five from Indiana — one couple from DeMotte, two from Gary, one from Portage and one from South Bend. The county will issue a license to a couple from anywhere, provided the marriage takes place in Cook County within 90 days.
“The first day we were able to issue marriage licenses to any same-sex couple in Illinois was extraordinary and historic,” said Orr in the news release. “Before long, it will be a regular occurrence in every county of Illinois. That is equality.”