Cook County judge set to rule on Illinois same-sex marriage lawsuit

Thu. September 26, 2013 1:46 PM by News Staff

Chicago, IL - A Cook County judge on Friday is expected to make a decision on whether to allow a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Illinois' gay marriage ban to continue. 

After hearing nearly two hours of oral arguments on Aug. 6, Cook County Circuit Judge Sophia Hall said that she'd make a ruling on Sept. 27.

The case involves 25 gay and lesbian couples who requested marriage licenses but were denied. The plaintiffs are represented by Lambda Legal and the Illinois chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). 

The socially conservative Thomas More Society intervened to defend the state's marriage laws after state officials refused to do so.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the judge on Friday is expected to rule on whether the lawsuits can continue.

The state currently recognizes gay couples with civil unions. A marriage bill stalled in the House after passage in the Senate earlier this year.