Plaintiffs in Illinois’ same-sex marriage lawsuits are seeking to hasten the case to a conclusion. The ACLU and the group Lambda Legal, representing same-sex couples seeking marriage in Illinois, filed a motion for summary judgment Wednesday in Darby vs. Orr and Lazaro vs. Orr, meaning they’re asking the judge to decide in their favor based on the facts not in dispute and the law.
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Lawyer Camilla Taylor says this is urgent now, after the Windsor decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. “Windsor creates a new sense of urgency for us because Illinois is now the only thing standing between these families and the numerous federal protections, benefits, rights and responsibilities that go to married families,” she said.
The defendants are the county clerks in Effingham and Tazewell counties, represented by the Thomas More Society. They have filed a motion to dismiss, will be heard Aug. 6. A date for a hearing on the motion for summary judgment has not been set.