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Illinois Attorney General Announces Support for Marriage Equality Lawsuits

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan files court briefs in both Darby and Lazaro seeking to intervene in the lawsuits on the side of the plaintiffs, announcing that she believes Illinois’s civil unions law violates the equal protection rights of the state’s gay and lesbian couples.  In the briefs, Madigan writes, “Petitioner respectfully requests the right to intervene in this case to present the Court with arguments that explain why the challenged statutory provisions do not satisfy the guarantee of equality under the Illinois Constitution.”

Madigan’s announcement leaves open the question of which state official, if any, will defend the law in court, since Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, like David Orr and Lisa Madigan, supports marriage equality.

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