Lambda Legal's Illinois Marriage Lawsuit Moves Forward

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February 13, 2013

An Illinois court today rejected an attempt by a conservative legal group to put Lambda Legal’s Illinois marriage lawsuit on hold pending a decision in two marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois represent a total of 25 same-sex couples in two lawsuits seeking the freedom to marry in Illinois. The Thomas More Society filed a motion to stay both lawsuits, but the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division, denied the motion.

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

The cases up for review in the United States Supreme Court involve different parties and a different body of law—Illinois courts do not permit a defendant to stall a case based on speculation about what may happen in someone else's lawsuit involving a different body of law. We are pleased that our case will move forward and that loving, committed Illinois couples will have the chance to get to the heart of this case and explain to this Court why marriage is so important to their families.

Learn more about the marriage equality bill before the Illinois Legislature and Lambda Legal’s lawsuit seeking the freedom to marry.

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