Despite the passage of marriage equality legislation in the Illinois General Assembly last week, lawyers driving a 2012 legal challenge to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage may continue the case in court in hopes of speeding up the bill’s effective date. “[The case] is not dead until people can marry,” John Knight, attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois told BuzzFeed — a change in course for LGBT advocates who have previously said the case would be “moot” if the marriage bill passed. “Every day is an injury to our clients. We’re thrilled that the legislature gave us marriage, but they gave us marriage in June of next year,” he said. “So the question is now — what can we do for people now?”
The move follows one in the Senate that seeks to amend the law to move the date up to some time in February. It used to be the norm for these laws to take months or longer to take effect – I remember Domestic Partnership in California, when Gray Davis enhanced it, took over a year. But lately the waits ofter passage have often been reduced to a month or even weeks.