WBEZ recently ran a feature about the ACLU of Illinois’ lawsuit seeking to overturn an Illinois state law that denies same sex couples the freedom to marry. After holding off on this suit for years, leaders in the Illinois’ gay rights movement including The ACLU of Illinois agree that now is the time to take action.

If you had any doubt how seriously gay rights advocates are taking these lawsuits, consider that they announced them with not one, but two press conferences. Both were scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30 - one, at a hotel in downtown Chicago, the other at a hotel in Springfield.

And the message at both was nearly identical: "It's time. It's time for Illinois to recognize the love and commitment of these couples and thousands of others," said two lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois at both press conferences, seemingly reading from the same script.

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