Lawsuit challenging same-sex marriage ban on hold

Lawsuit challenging same-sex marriage ban on hold

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Same-sex marriage supporters wave a rainbow flag in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The US Supreme Court on Tuesday takes up the emotionally charged issue of gay marriage as it considers arguments that it should make history and extend equal rights to same-sex couples. Waving US and rainbow flags, hundreds of gay marriage supporters braved the cold to rally outside the court along with a smaller group of opponents, some pushing strollers. Some slept outside in hopes of witnessing the historic hearing. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 5:20 PM

CHICAGO (AP) -- A lawsuit challenging Illinois’ ban on gay marriage is on hold until newly approved legislation allowing same-sex marriage takes effect next summer.

Twenty-five same-sex couples are suing after they were rejected for marriage licenses at county clerk offices. The lawsuit has been pending in the courts. But Illinois lawmakers approved legislation last week in Springfield that’ll allow same-sex couples to wed.

Gov. Pat Quinn says he’ll sign the bill into law next week. The law takes effect June 1.

Attorneys for the couples asked a Cook County judge Thursday to delay any movement on the lawsuit until then, when they plan to dismiss the lawsuit. The lawsuit will be moot once same-sex couples in Illinois are allowed to marry.

Judge Sophia Hall set a June 2 hearing on the case.

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