Illinois Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Lambda Legal and ACLU Marriage Cases.
On Thursday, September 27, 2012, the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division will hear oral argument concerning whether the Illinois Family Institute (IFI), an anti-gay organization dedicated to advancing the view that gay people are sinful, may intervene two cases brought by same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry in Illinois, Darby v. Orr and Lazaro v. Orr.
On May 30, 2012, Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois each filed lawsuits representing a total of 25 same-sex couples from across the state of Illinois seeking the freedom to marry. Two days later, the Illinois Attorney General’s office filed papers agreeing that the ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional. The Cook County Clerk and States Attorney also agree that the marriage ban is unconstitutional. After the Tazewell and Effingham County Clerks moved to intervene, promising a vigorous defense of the marriage ban, the Court entered an unopposed order permitting them to intervene as defendants. . Soon after, the Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-gay group based in Arizona, moved to intervene on behalf of IFI, an organization with a history of making derogatory and untruthful statements about lesbian and gay people. Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois have opposed IFI’s efforts to intervene.