Oak Park had the second highest number of same-sex marriages of any Chicago suburb in the state’s first year of marriage equality, according to a news release from Cook County Clerk David Orr.

The report released by Orr’s office notes that 119 same-sex couples were married in Oak Park over the last 12 months, second only to 142 in Evanston. Berwyn ranked third with 59 same-sex marriages.

A total of 6,508 same-sex couples were married in the state of Illinois, with at least one going to a couple residing in 113 of 127 suburban Cook County municipalities. Roughly 18.5 percent of same-sex marriage licenses, or 1,191, were for couples living in suburban Cook County, according to the report.

The report notes that more than 1,800 same-sex couples came to Illinois to get hitched, “particularly from Midwestern and Southern states where same-sex marriage licenses are not issued,” according to the news release.

“While marriage equality has spread like a tidal wave across th country, it needs to be recognized in every state,” Orr said in the news release. “Couples from 41 other states – big and small, urban and rural – have applied for licenses in Cook County. And as we’ve seen recently in Alabama, Arkansas and Kansas, the fight for equality is not yet over.”

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