Two Clerks in Illinois Seek to Defend Marriage Ban in Lambda Legal's case

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July 3, 2012

Two Illinois county clerks are asking to intervene in Lambda Legal's lawsuit seeking marriage equality in that state.

Late last Friday, the Thomas More Society, a conservative legal group, filed a request to intervene on behalf of Tazewell County Clerk Christie Webb and Effingham County Clerk Kerry Hirtzel.

Camilla Taylor, Lambda Legal's Marriage Project Director, says:

We look forward to getting to the heart of this case so that our 16 plaintiff couples and their children can have their day in court without delay to make the case for the freedom to marry. While these two clerks do not have any legal right to intervene in someone else's lawsuit simply to share their opinion about what they want the law to be, we are not opposing their participation under the unique circumstances in this case because it is important that everyone feel as though the opposing arguments were fairly presented. Debating this any further is a distraction—what’s important is to make sure our couples can tell their powerful stories in court. Therefore, we have agreed, along with the State's Attorney and the Attorney General, that these clerks may present arguments in defense of Illinois' discriminatory marriage ban.

Learn more about the case and watch videos of our plaintiff couples and their families here.