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Equal Marriage Supporters Demand Licenses From County Clerk

Photo: Chris Geovanis/Chicago Indymedia Hundreds of equal marriage supporters gathered Thursday at the offices of Cook County Clerk David Orr to demand that his office issue them marriage licenses.

One protester was arrested by police after the action spilled out of Orr's administrative offices into the street.

Activists are demanding that, as an avowed liberal, Orr stand up for his ostensibly progressive ideals and follow the lead of elected officials in other states. Mayors in New York and California have begun granting marriage licenses to same sex couples in defiance of restrictions in state law.

Last week, President Bush issued a call for Congress to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, in the wake of a Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling that that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry. Bush's move provoked a firestorm of condemnation from gay rights advocates, and same-sex marriage supporters have vowed to step up their campaign for equal rights. Read more.
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