A Cook County judge has denied a request to delay action on a lawsuit seeking to overturn Illinois' ban on same-sex marriage.
The Chicago-based Thomas More Society requested the delay. The public interest law firm opposes gay marriage and wanted the lawsuit delayed pending U.S. Supreme Court action on gay marriage. The delay was denied Wednesday.
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Separate lawsuits filed last May by the American Civil Liberties Union and New York-based Lambda Legal since have been consolidated.
The suit represents 25 couples who were denied marriage licenses in Cook County. It challenges a state law that defines marriage as between a man and woman.
Cook County Prosecutor Anita Alvarez and Attorney General Lisa Madigan have refused to defend the suit, claiming the gay marriage ban violates the Illinois Constitution.