(Illinois) gay marriage ban unlawful, (Cook Co. State's Attorney) Alvarez says
Source: Chicago Tribune
The fight for same-sex marriage rights in Illinois took an unprecedented turn Thursday as Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez conceded that the state's ban on gay marriage violates the Illinois Constitution, essentially agreeing with a pair of lawsuits her office was expected to oppose.
It marks the first time a state has refused to contest a lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of a gay marriage ban.
"I've never encountered this before," said Camilla Taylor, an attorney with the gay rights group Lambda Legal, which filed one of the lawsuits last month. "We've really reached the tipping point, and now the government of Illinois refuses to defend the law because it's indefensible."
2. It's good Anita Alvarez did one thing right. It's such a weird situation in Illinois:
The Cook County Clerk, David Orr (Chicago is in Cook County btw) wants to marry LGBT people. But, the law says he can't. He is being sued. He is glad he is being sued and he asked Anita Alvarez the states attorney to NOT defend him so that he CAN marry people.