Clerk's office extends hours for June 1st to accommodate same-sex couples picking up marriage licenses
DECATUR—Same-sex couples in Macon County won’t have to wait until Monday, June 2nd to pick up their marriage license from the County Clerk’s office; County Clerk Steve Bean says his office will be offering special hours on Sunday, June 1st, the first day it’s legal for same-sex couples to get married.
Bean says they decided to offer the special hours after receiving calls over the last 48 hours with couples hoping to get their marriage license as soon as they can, “We did the same thing when civil unions were introduced a few years ago and we had some traffic at midnight, we are anticipating the same sort of deal this time around.”
The County Clerk’s office will open at Midnight on Sunday, June 1st and remain open until 1 a.m. At 1 a.m. they will close and reopen from noon until 3 p.m. “We don’t expect anything crazy, but some couples have called in and asked when the soonest they could pick up a license would be,” Bean said.
According to state law, even if a couple picked up their license on Sunday, they wouldn’t legally be able to marry until Monday the 2nd.
On Tuesday, Illinois set itself up to become the 15th state to allow same sex marriage after Senate Bill 10 passed through both the House and the Senate. Governor Quinn says he plans to sign the bill before the end of the Month. Once signed, the bill would take until June 1st, 2014 to go into effect.