Attorneys for 25 gay couples plan to ask a Cook County judge to make a quick ruling in favor of same sex marriage in Illinois. Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois plan to file a motion for summary judgment tomorrow in Cook County Circuit Court. The 25 couples were denied marriage licenses in Cook County. Their lawsuit was filed last year and challenges a state law that defines marriage as between a man and woman. Lambda Legal attorney Camilla Taylor says the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down part of a federal law denying benefits to married gay couples creates a new urgency for a decision in Illinois. Illinois has civil unions, but without marriage, couples in those civil unions can still be denied federal benefits.
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