Lambda Legal, ACLU to announce lawsuit seeking Illinois marriage equality

Two women at a civil union celebration last June. Photo: Dane Tidwell.

Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois will announce two separate lawsuits Wednesday morning seeking same-sex marriage rights for Illinois gay and lesbian couples.

Word of the lawsuit came by press release Tuesday, just days before the 1-year anniversary of the implementation of Illinois civil unions bill, which took affect June 1, 2011.

“Tomorrow same-sex couples from across the state will be on hand to share their stories about why it’s just time for Illinois to allow them to marry,” said Lambda Legal Marriage Project Director, Camilla Taylor in the release.

A news conference has been called for 10:30 a.m.

Chicago Phoenix will update as more details become available.