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State’s Attorney: Illinois’ Marriage-Equality Ban Is Unconstitutional

Laws against same-sex marriage took another hit, as Illinois Cook County State’s Attorney stated she felt the state’s ban was “unconstitutional,” joining a growing number of Prairie State politicians rejecting the discriminatory law.

A statement from the office of State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez reads in part:

“[We] concede that the equal-protection clause of the Illinois Constitution prohibits discrimination in the issuance of marriage licenses based upon sex or sexual orientation…

We are in agreement with the plaintiffs that Illinois laws that prohibit same-sex marriage are 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.”

In May, Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced his support for same-sex marriage and, just last week, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed papers indicating her office would no longer defend the ban.


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    • 1equalityUSA

      Formaldehyde, MaggieGallagherRobertPGeorgeNancyWiggleElliottandall, I hope you like the smell of it. You’re going extinct.

      Jun 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      The bigots house of cards is falling down. They will kick and scream but the tide is against them.

      Jun 14, 2012 at 2:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sam

      Who is left to defend the ban against the lawsuit? Anyone? If no one will defend, do we just win?

      Jun 14, 2012 at 3:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Captain Dean Lowry

      Is there some procedural device whereby the ban can be defended by the legislature? I don’t think the executive ever has the prerogative to simply not enforce a law, bigoted though it is. Definite separation of powers problem.


      Captain Dean

      Jun 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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