The Chicago Tribune reports that the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office will concede that the ban on the freedom to marry for same sex couples in Illinois is unconstitutional. The filing today comes in response to the ACLU of Illinois and Lambda Legal’s coordinated lawsuits challenging the marriage ban.
ACLU attorney John Knight said today that he wasn’t surprised that the state’s attorney agrees with the argument, particularly since Orr himself has made clear that he believes same-sex couples should be granted marriage licenses.
“This is good news,” Knight said of today’s filing. “It certainly brings us closer to the day we’re looking for.”