Will Gay Marriage Be Legal in Illinois?

by Beverly A. Pekala on May 31, 2012

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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