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Union Backs Same-Sex Marriage; Judge To Rule On Lawsuit Today

Fri, 27 Sep 2013 05:05:23 CDT
By: AP

The executive board of the Illinois chapter of the AFL-CIO is supporting gay marriage. The board voted in Chicago to urge the Illinois House to adopt the ``Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.'' The adopted resolution states the AFL-CIO joins faith communities, civil rights organizations, President Barack Obama and its own unions in supporting ``marriage equality legislation that effectively protects religious freedom.'' The legislation got Senate approval in February but never got called for a vote in the House before the Legislature adjourned in May. Supporters, including some in the business community, say a gay marriage law would be good for business. Influential lawmakers have pointed out that other states are luring couples to come to their states to get married. Meanwhile, an Illinois judge promises to rule on the future of a lawsuit seeking to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. The lawsuit was filed last year by 25 gay couples who want the right to marry. Cook County Judge Sophia Hall is expected to rule today on a motion to dismiss the case. Lawyers for five downstate county clerks who are defending the ban want the case tossed. Plaintiffs' attorneys want the judge to let the lawsuit stand, then rule immediately that they won the lawsuit and that the ban is illegal. The clerks won permission to defend the ban after Cook County's top prosecutor and the Illinois attorney general refused to do so, saying the 17-year-old ban violates the state constitution. Illinois legalized civil unions two years ago.

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