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Illinois court refuses to allow anti-gay churches, advocacy group to join lawsuit against state marriage equality ban

Judge Sophia Hall denies a request filed by two churches, the Church of Christian Liberty and Grace Gospel Fellowship, and an anti-gay advocacy group called the Illinois Family Institute (IFI) to intervene in the Darby/Lazaro case.  In her ruling, Judge Hall disagrees with the groups’ claim that they have some interest “greater than that of the general public, so that the party may stand to gain or lose by the direct legal operation and effect of a judgment in the suit.”  She does, however, say that she will allow both the IFI and the churches to file amicus briefs in support of Illinois’s marriage laws.

As a result of Judge Hall’s decision, the only defendants on the combined lawsuits are the two county clerks of Tazewell and Effingham counties.

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