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September 19, 2014, 6:49 am
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County Clerk and State's Attorney Hash Out Same-Sex Marriage Details


Sangamon County Clerk Joe Aiello says, quote, "we might as well do it now and get moving on it."

 

But Aiello isn't moving ahead yet with issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples. Despite a directive from Attorney General Lisa Madigan this week telling county clerks that it's OK to issue the licenses even before the state's new same-sex marriage law takes effect, Aiello says he wants input from State's Attorney John Milhiser, the county's top legal officer.

 

Milhiser says there are big questions about whether a marriage license issued before the new law's effective date could be challenged later in the event of a divorce or death.

 

Aiello says he could begin issuing licenses within days... if all of the legal questions get ironed out.

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