80 same-sex couples issued marriage licenses through 3 p.m. Monday

February 24, 2014
Press Release
Vital Records

Cook County Clerk David Orr has issued 80 marriage licenses to same-sex couples – 46 on Friday and 34 through 3 p.m. today.


On Friday, the Clerk’s downtown office stayed open an extra two hours, until 7 p.m., to issue marriage licenses on the first day they were available to same-sex couples.  On Monday, the Clerk’s suburban offices also issued licenses to same-sex couples.

Of the 80 couples who were issued a marriage license by 3 p.m. on Monday:

  • 44 were male, 36 were female
  • The youngest person was 18 years old
  • The oldest (both partners of the same couple) were 80
  • The average age was 41 among Friday applicants and 36 among Monday applicants
  • Most licenses were issued to Chicago residents. The most popular zip codes were 60640 (7); 60626 (6); 60657, 60647, and 60618 (3 each)
  • Suburban couples who were issued a license lived in: Tinley Park, Oak Park, Des Plaines, Evanston, Evergreen Park, Schaumburg, Streamwood and Justice
  • Six couples were from another county: Champaign (1), Du Page (2), Lake (1), Will (1), Winnebago (1)
  • 2 couples were from out-of-state, one each from Indiana and Wisconsin
  • The couples listed a wide range of occupations: student, attorney, graphic artist, steel worker, social worker, police officer, physician, chef, homemaker, waitress and architect, to name a few
  • 31 were already in a civil union and had the $60 fee waived

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