Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, and Cook County State’s Attorney, Anita Alvarez, are refusing to defend the Illinois ban on gay marriage in the courts. The Illinois ban defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, and Illinois prosecutors are saying that it violates the Illinois constitution’s equal protection clause. The twenty-five Illinois couples who had joined lawsuits challenging the gay marriage ban were thrilled to hear that they would not be beginning a long legal battle.
Currently, six states and the District of Columbia have officially legalized gay marriage. Several other states are in the process of attempting to legalize gay marriage.
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