Illinois Attorney General asserts same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
The Illinois Attorney General
has found the ban on
same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
As previously reported by this blog, more than two dozen gay and lesbian couples in Illinois filed lawsuits after being denied marriage licenses in Cook County. The suits were filed in Chicago and claimed that the state violated its constitution by banning gay marriage. At times, Chicago business litigation also involves allegations regarding discriminatory practices.
It seems that the Illinois Attorney General agrees, as the Cook County Attorney's office announced last Thursday that the ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, according to NBC Chicago.
The lawsuits came after Cook County Clerk David Orr denied marriage licenses to a number of homosexual couples and the plaintiffs alleged that this action violates the due process and equal protection clause of the Illinois state constitution.
Attorney General Anita Alverez announced that she is perfectly at ease with her stance and the state's movement toward making gay marriage a reality. One month ago, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn spoke of his devotion to ending such discrimination and making same-sex marriage legal in the state.
"The papers that we filed today make it clear that as the defendant, I totally agree with the plaintiffs that the existing law in Illinois, I believe, discriminates against those people seeking marriage licenses," county clerk David Orr told the news source on Thursday.
However, the Thomas More Society, a law firm based in Chicago, opposes the Attorney General's ruling and feels that same-sex marriage should not be brought through the courts but through legislation supported by a majority vote.
Peter Breene, an Executive Director of the firm, claims that Alverez performed a "political move to force same sex marriage" onto the state and its citizens without allowing other people to be heard.
Other firms and organizations that have had lawsuits filed against them due to alleged discriminatory practices may benefit from speaking to a Chicago business lawyer.