IL gay marriage ban in court

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Illinois’ ban on same sex marriage is facing a court challenge this morning.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Sophia Hall will hear arguments on whether to dismiss a case that challenges the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The lawsuit involves 25 couples who were denied marriage licenses in Cook County.

They want the judge to effectively legalize gay marriage in Illinois.

In a motion filed last month, the ACLU and a gay-rights group cited a Supreme Court ruling that extended benefits to same-sex couples in states that already allow gay marriage.

Efforts to make gay marriage illegal in Illinois have stalled.

Civil Unions were approved in Illinois in 2011.

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