Two lawsuits filed yesterday in Illinois argue that the failure of Cook County to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples violates the Illinois Constitution. The lead plaintiffs are a Chicago Police Detective, Tanya Lazro, and Liz Matos. Though Illinois civil unions became legal one year ago, the plaintiffs argue that Illinois civil unions are insufficient. Illinois bans same-sex marriage pursuant to Illinois statute.
Shortly after President Obama recently announced he supports same-sex marriage, Illinois Governor Quinn stated he is in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois.
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