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Cook County says over 6,500 same-sex couples married

The Cook County clerk's office is reporting more than 6,500 same-sex couples married in Illinois' most populous county over the first year it issued licenses. Cook County Clerk David Orr released a report with that and other statistics on the one-year anniversary since his office began issuing licenses to gay couples. By comparison, around 32,000 marriage licenses are issued by the county to opposite-sex couples each year. In a Wednesday statement, Orr called the legalization of gay marriage historic and says the 'basic right" was "denied to so many for too long." On Feb. 21, 2014, a federal judge cleared the way for Orr to issue licenses three months before...

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