Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten Moves to Issue Same Sex Marriage Licenses

As reported this morning from Rich Miller in Capitol Fax, Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten - a Republican - has moved to begin to issue same sex marriage licenses in Champaign County.

Gordy Hulten is a Republican and a strong example of leading by example by being willing to bring more folks into the GOP.  Good for him.  We're pleased to say that we're now proud Gordy Hulten supporters.  Time will show he is on the right side of history equal rights and as Republicans we should be embracing non-discriminatory practices and the fight for equal rights.

From the press release posted on the Champaign County Clerk site:
“On Friday, federal judge Sharon Johnson Coleman held that the Illinois statute banning marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional and violates the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. The Illinois Attorney General and the Cook County Clerk were parties to the suit. The precise effect of the ruling on other Illinois counties is unclear. However, after consulting with State’s Attorney Julia Rietz, I have come to the conclusion that the rationale of the case applies to all citizens of Illinois and that Champaign County residents should have no fewer Constitutional rights than those in Cook County. Furthermore, given the ruling, denying a license to a same sex couple would provide no benefit to the County and would likely result in litigation at taxpayer expense. 
“Therefore, effective immediately, the Champaign County Clerk’s office will issue marriage licenses to same sex applicants, in accordance with the 14th Amendment, and the Illinois and United States Constitutions.”
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