Judge Sophia Hall ruled that a lawsuit filed on behalf of several Cook County same-sex couples wishing to marry can proceed.
Cook County Circuit Judge Sophia Hall, rejecting a bid by gay marriage opponents to have the case dismissed, said the plaintiffs had presented legal issues that warrant further consideration. While she tossed some of the couples’ claims, the remainder can proceed, she ruled today in Chicago.
“The court finds that the marriage ban is not facially neutral,” Hall said in her decision. “The present case allows the Illinois courts to consider, for the first time, whether the concept of choice as an aspect of the fundamental right to marry” might apply to same-sex couples.
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