Gay Marriage Lawsuit Put On Hold After Legislation Passed
A Cook County judge has issued a temporary stay of a lawsuit that challenged Illinois' ban on same-sex marriage.
Judge Sophia Hall issued her order Thursday — two days after the Illinois Legislature approved a measure legalizing gay marriages.
Twenty-five couples had sued after being rejected for marriage licenses at county clerk offices.
The Thomas More Society represents five county clerks who defended the ban. Their lawyers requested the case be dismissed because they said it was moot in light of the Legislature's action.
Hall's order says the parties will appear Nov. 14 to discuss how to proceed.
A spokesman for Lambda Legal, which represents some of the couples, says attorneys will ask that the lawsuit be dismissed after Gov. Pat Quinn signs the gay marriage bill into law.
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