Federal appeals judges bristled Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.
The legal skirmish over same-sex marriage shifted Tuesday to a federal appeals court in Chicago, where nearly 200 people lined up hoping to hear arguments in a case challenging gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana.
One of the partners is expected to die before Illinois’ same-sex marriage law takes effect next June.
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.
Two county clerks from downstate and a Chicago-based Catholic law firm are asking a judge for permission to defend Illinois’ gay marriage ban.
A Cook County judge on Thursday agreed to combine two lawsuit seeking to overturn the ban on gay marriage in Illinois.
Cook County Clerk David Orr and State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez say they agree with a pair of recent lawsuits alleging the state’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, and they are not fighting the effort to lift that ban.
Two separate lawsuits were filed Wednesday, attempting to secure marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples in Illinois.