- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - 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 gay marriage took effect throughout Illinois.

The report says spouses in gay marriages have ranged from age 17 to 93.

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