Same-Sex Couples Seek Illinois Court Ruling On Gay Marriage

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys representing more than two dozen same-sex couples say they plan to ask a Cook County judge for a quick ruling in favor of gay marriage in Illinois.

Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois say they’ll file a motion for summary judgment Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court.

The 25 couples were denied marriage licenses in Cook County and sued last year, challenging a state law that defines marriage as between a man and woman.

Lambda Legal attorney Camilla Taylor says the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down part of a federal law denying benefits to married gay couples creates a new urgency for a decision in Illinois.

The state has civil unions, but couples can still be denied federal benefits, because the state does not allow same-sex marriages.

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