Thursday, 14 June 2012 22:55

Cook County State's Attorney Says Gay Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional

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Following two lawsuits against the Cook County Clerk David Orr claiming that not issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples violates the due process and equal protection clauses of the Illinois Constitution, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said that the state's ban of gay marriage was unconstitutional.

"We believe the plaintiffs are correct in their assertion that the Illinois Constitution upholds marriage equality for same sex couples just as it does for opposite sex couples," spokeswoman Sally Daly said in an email.

According to The Chicago Tribune, the Illinois Attorney General’s office has also said it plans to file a brief in support of the lawsuits, and Gov. Pat Quinn has voiced his support for gay marriage.

Hearings continue.