Lawsuits Filed In Effort To Legalize IL Gay Marriage

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CHICAGO (AP)  – Two lawsuits filed Wednesday are part of efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois.
They’re filed on behalf of 25 gay and lesbian couples who were  denied when they tried to apply for marriage licenses in Cook County.
The lawsuit names Cook County Clerk David Orr, who actually  supports gay marriage. He says it’s past time for Illinois to allow  county clerks to issue marriage licenses to couples who want to  make a commitment.
The lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of  Illinois and Lambda Legal  challenge Illinois marriage law on a  constitutional basis. Attorneys say they should be able to marry  under due process and equality clauses in the Illinois  Constitution.

Marriage is defined as between a man and woman.  Illinois approved same-sex civil unions last year.

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