Group lists clergy ready to perform gay marriages

CHICAGO – An advocacy group has put together a list of Illinois religious clergy who are ready to perform same-sex marriages.

A state law legalizing same-sex marriage takes effect June 1. However, some counties are already issuing marriage licenses after a federal judge ruled Illinois’ original ban was unconstitutional.

The rights group Equality Illinois said Thursday it has posted a pamphlet on its website listing Christian, Jewish, Muslim religious leaders ready to officiate same-sex weddings.

The group’s CEO is Bernard Cherkasov. He says “many couples who have waited – in some cases for decades – to have their love recognized by the state also want to have their marriage vows sanctified in a religious setting.”

The new law does not require clergy members to officiate same-sex marriages.