Same-sex marriages are expected to begin in Illinois on June 1st of next year… but Sangamon County couples may have to wait until the 2nd.
The legislation’s effective date falls on a Sunday, when the county clerk’s offices that issue marriage licenses are ordinarily closed.
Some clerks around the state say they will open on that day, but Sangamon County Clerk Joe Aiello has no plans to do so.
Aiello says the point of the new law is equality, so it doesn’t make sense to have special hours for one group that others wouldn’t ordinarily get.
Aiello says he’s looking forward to issuing licenses to gay couples during regular business hours on Monday, June 2nd.