Same sex couples in Sangamon County will be able to get their marriage licenses early.
Sangamon County Clerk Joe Aiello says his office will begin issuing marriage licenses on Friday in order to accommodate ceremonies taking place this weekend. He says the office will be open during normal business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
However, Aiello says a couple's marriage won't be legally valid until the date the same-sex marriage law goes into effect, this Sunday.
The Sangamon County Clerk says he's still unsure it would be legal for him to issue same sex marriage licenses before a new law takes effect in June.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan says a court ruling in Cook County opened the door for all Illinois' county clerks to issue the licenses immediately. Some have started doing so. But there are differences of opinion. Like in Sangamon County, Clerk Joe Aiello says he's waiting.