Judge: Lawsuit against same-sex marriage ban can proceed

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Both sides claiming victory after Judge Sophia Hall dismisses three of the five claims in a lawsuit brought by same-sex couples.  But those who believe the Illinois ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional say they’ve accomplished their goal to have the lawsuit heard in court.

“We can move forward on our fundamental “right-to-marry” claim.  And the claim that the marriage ban in Illinois discriminates against lesbian and gay couples based on their sexual orientation,” said Camilla Taylor, a lawyer for Lambda Legal.

Lawyers for the Thomas More Society want the entire lawsuit thrown out, but say they hope they’ll prevail before the judge.

“We’re disappointed in that part of her ruling but we’re confident that ultimately that Illinois laws on marriage will be upheld by our courts,” said Paul Linton with the Thomas More Society.

Cook County Clerk, David Orr, who oposes Illinois’ same-sex marriage ban says he sees change coming.

“And I think there’s a good shot, if it happens quickly, that the court will conclude that Illinois law not allowing gay couples to marry is unconstitutional,” Orr said.

The courtroom debate on the matter begins next month.

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