Illinois County Clerks Intervene To Defend Ban On Same-Sex Marriage


When 25 couples filed suit against Illinois’ ban on same-sex marriage, it was unclear who would defend against the complain. Neither Cook County Clerk of Courts David Orr (the named defendant) nor state Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) planned to fight the suit. Now, two county clerks from downstate Illinois are seeking to intervene in the case on behalf of an effort by the Catholic-affiliated anti-gay Thomas More Society. They argue that if the case were to advance unopposed, it could legalize same-sex marriage in Cook County, but not the rest of the state.