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Illinois’ Top Lawyer Won’t Defend Gay Marriage Ban

Posted by wlpo on June 21, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) – Opponents of a gay marriage ban in Illinois don’t have to worry about a fight from attorneys who would normally be responsible for defending the state’s laws.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez both have refused to defend the ban, saying it violates the state constitution. That sets up a scenario where a judge quickly could strike down the 16-year-old law.

But supporters of the ban aren’t giving up. Peter Breen of the Thomas More Society says he’s trying to ensure the law is defended.

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