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Lambda Legal, ACLU to announce lawsuit seeking marriage equality in Illinois

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois will announce two separate lawsuits Wednesday morning seeking same-sex marriage rights for Illinois gay and lesbian couples.

Word of the lawsuit came by press release Tuesday, just days before the 1-year anniversary of the implementation of Illinois civil unions bill, which took affect June 1, 2011.

“Tomorrow same-sex couples from across the state will be on hand to share their stories about why it’s just time for Illinois to allow them to marry,” said Lambda Legal Marriage Project Director, Camilla Taylor in the release.

A news conference has been called for 10:30 a.m.

Lambda Legal currently has marriage equality lawsuits pending in New Jersey and Nevada.

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7 more reader comments:

  1. We need to have this happening EVERYWHERE! Then, maybe it will get some good results

    Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 5:59pm
  2. I was under the impression that the same-sex civil unions in Illinois offered the same legal rights as heterosexual marriage. Why the lawsuit?

    Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 6:15pm
  3. Val, civil unions are far from being full marriage equality though, sadly :/

    Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 6:21pm
  4. If it has all legal rights, I don’t see how it is any different. IMO, the government should only offer civil unions to all couples.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 6:24pm
  5. Anyone who thinks civil unions are the same as marriage does not understand the difference between economic(legal) equality and social equality. Civil unions may provide economic equality, but they sure as hell do not provide social equality, because they place us in a separate but equal status.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 7:04pm
  6. Please do this in Nebraska too!!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 8:09pm
  7. Separate is not equal. Never has been, never will be.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 8:21pm