25 same-sex couples who have sued over the gay marriage ban in Illinois have asked the judge to rule quickly.
According to the Associated Press, “Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois filed a motion for summary judgment Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court.”
The ruling could be handed down as early as August, 6, which is also when oral arguments are scheduled for a motion filed by the defense to have the case dismissed. The lawsuit was filed by the 25 couples after they were denied marriage licenses in Cook County last year.
Both the Illinois State Attorney and Cook County State Attorney refused to defend the law, so it is being handled by two “downstate clerks” the AP reports.
The plaintiffs in the case have argued that the decision by the US Supreme Court to strike down DOMA “creates a new urgency in Illinois, which has civil unions.”