November 15, 2013
Lawsuits filed by Lambda Legal and the ACLU challenging an anti-gay marriage law in Illinois have been stayed until after the newly-passed marriage equality law takes effect. The lawsuit has been stayed until June 2, 2014. Governor Quinn is expected to sign the new law on November 20, and although it’s currently expected to take effect in June 2014, a state legislator is planning to offer an amendment which would allow couples to marry sooner.
The Windy City Times reports that the later effective date is playing a role in the lawyers’ decision to wait before dismissing the case entirely:
Proceedings in Darby vs. Orr, a lawsuit filed on behalf of local couples seeking the right to marry, have been stayed until June 2, 2014, the day after same-sex marriages will be permitted in Illinois.
Attorneys for Lambda Legal and ACLU Illinois, who represent the plaintiffs, long contended that the suit would be dropped should legislation allowing same-sex marriage be approved. But shortly after the passage of SB10 on Nov. 5, they began weighing the options of not moving to have the lawsuit immediately dismissed, since their clients were essentially still being harmed until June 1, they said.
The amendment to move up the effective date could be voted on in January, when the new legislative session opens.