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Tracking Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Not Possible In All Counties

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It's been one year since Illinois' same-sex marriage law went into effect.

Some counties began issuing same-sex licenses before the June 1, 2014 start date, including DeKalb and Cook counties.

More than 7,200 same-sex couples have been married in Cook County since Feb. 21, 2014, including 1,600 conversions of civil unions to marriages.

But DeKalb County officials do not designate whether the couple taking out the license is gay or not.

They're not alone.

Laura Cook, Chief Deputy Clerk for the Ogle County Clerk's office, says their policy is similar, telling WNIJ in an email, “A marriage license is a marriage license.”

The Lee County Clerk's office says only one couple converted a civil union into a marriage in the past year.

Jenna Dooley has spent her professional career in public radio. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois - Springfield. She returned to Northern Public Radio in DeKalb after several years hosting Morning Edition at WUIS-FM in Springfield. She is a former "Newsfinder of the Year" from the Illinois Associated Press and recipient of NIU's Donald R. Grubb Journalism Alumni Award. She is an active member of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association and an adjunct instructor at NIU.
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