The Chicago Tribune posted an article about yesterday's vote to grant the freedom to marry to same-sex Illinois couples. The ACLU of Illinois sought to win marriage equality not only in the legislature, but also in the court case of Lazaro v. Orr, in which the ACLU represented nine couples seeking to be married. The case will now become moot once the Governor signs the marriage bill into law. The Tribune spoke with our very own Communications and Policy Director Ed Yohnka:
Ed Yohnka, spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, said: "The truth is that this is really a victory for the thousands of couples and their families across the state of Illinois who are going to wake up and read in the paper that a majority of the leaders in this state now believe they are equal to everyone else."
Lambda Legal and the ACLU are involved in a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. If Quinn signs the same-sex marriage bill into law as expected, Yohnka said the groups would "look at not moving forward with the lawsuit at some point in time."