A lawsuit filed by 25 gay couples seeking to force the state to allow them to marry will be allowed to proceed.
A Cook County judge has rejected a motion filed by several downstate county clerks, who would be asked to issue marriage licenses if the courts rule in favor of those couples. The clerks had asked the lawsuit to be dismissed, but the judge rejected their motion.
The decision keeps alive the possibility that the courts could find the state's prohibition on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. In the meantime, legislation to legalize same-sex marriage is still pending in the Illinois House, after clearing the Senate earlier this year.