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One year since marriage equality
2016-06-22

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The date of the Pride Parade—Sunday, June 26—will also mark precisely one year since marriage equality became the law of the land in the United States.

A February 2015 press release from the Cook County clerk's office showed that more than 6,500 same-sex couples were married in the county in the first year of marriage equality. On Feb. 21, 2014, a federal judge cleared the way for Clerk Orr to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples who planned to marry in Cook County—more than three months before marriage equality took effect throughout Illinois, and more than a year before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional.

By 2015, at least one license was issued to a couple residing in every Chicago zip code, except for two zip codes ( 60707 and 60827 ).

Currently, Cook County has issued approximately 9,600 marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to James Scalzitti of the clerk's office. The proportion of male to female marriages have been 52 percent to 48 percent. The top zip code is 60640 ( in Lake View ), with 554 couples.


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