The Chicago Tribune wrote about Friday's hearing in the marriage cases where a motion to dismiss filed by same-sex marriage opponents was denied. The ACLU of Illinois' case is Lazaro v. Orr and the case handled by Lambda Legal is Darby v. Orr. Both represent same-sex couples seeking the fundamental right to marry in Illinois.

Those counts claim that the state's same-sex marriage ban violates the due process rights of gay and lesbian couples and discriminates against them under the state's equal protection clause covering sexual orientation.

"It's a victory in Illinois," said Ed Yohnka of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, one of the two groups that filed the lawsuit. "We needed this step to move on with the case."

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