Today, the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division, heard oral arguments in a motion seeking to dismiss Darby v. Orr and Lazarro v. Orr, Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois’ lawsuits seeking marriage for same-sex couples in Illinois.
Last week, Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia filed a federal class action lawsuit seeking the freedom to marry for all same-sex couples in Virginia.
The Supreme Court was unequivocal in its statement of the equality of married same-sex couples when it struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in its United States v. Windsor decision.
Considering the historic moment for both immigrants and LGBT people, and the huge role that immigrants play in Illinois, it’s important to harness the power that is possible when both communities come together.
Same-sex couples are still processing how the Supreme Court's recent rulings in California's Proposition 8 and the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) could change their lives and their relationship to the government: from health insurance, to retirement, to green cards.