The fight over same-sex marriage in Illinois will soon begin to play out in the Cook County courts. Gay rights groups are launching two separate cases arguing the state’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. But only after years of strategizing, organizing and politicking do advocates believe their moment is now.
If you had any doubt how seriously gay rights advocates are taking these lawsuits, consider that they announced them with not one, but two press conferences. Both were scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30 – one, at a hotel in downtown Chicago, the other at a hotel in Springfield.
And the message at both was nearly identical: “It’s time. It’s time for Illinois to recognize the love and commitment of these couples and thousands of others,” said two lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois at both press conferences, seemingly reading from the same script.
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