US: Out-of-state couples struggle to marry in Illinois
Couples traveling across the border to marry in Illinois are finding themselves unable to, due to a provision written into the Illinois marriage law.
The provision — originally meant to prevent non-Illinois minors and close relatives from crossing state lines to marry — prevents individuals from being wed if the marriage would not be considered legal in their home state.
Lawmakers who sponsored the bill, allowing same-sex marriage to be legal, intend on fixing the problem. But with the legislature not in session, it will have to wait until next year.
But despite the 1 June start date, a Chicago federal judge in February ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying was unconstitutional, opening the door for some couples to marry immediately.
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