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Old 2nd Jul 2012, 06:39 PM   #1
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Default Downstate Illinois county clerks move to defend gay marriage ban

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Two downstate county clerks are stepping in to defend Illinois' gay marriage ban, after high-ranking government lawyers made the rare decision not to defend the state law against a pair of legal challenges in Cook County.

The request to intervene in the lawsuits was quietly filed late Friday afternoon by Clerks Kerry Hirtzel, a Republican from downstate Effingham County, and Christie Webb, a Democrat from Tazewell County in central Illinois.

The two lawsuits challenging Illinois' marriage law are being brought by 25 same-sex couples who were turned away when they tried to get marriage licenses from Cook County Clerk David Orr.

The move to intervene is being spearheaded by the Chicago-based Thomas More Society, a conservative non-profit law group. They come just a couple of weeks after Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez announced she would not defend the state's same-sex marriage ban against the lawsuits, because she, too, thinks it violates the Illinois Constitution. In early June, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan also filed court papers indicating she would not defend the state law...



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