One of the clerks’ lawyers predicted that their arguments about marriage will be upheld.
“The overwhelming weight of legal authority holds that defining marriage between one man and one woman is constitutional, and we are confident that Illinois marriage laws will ultimately be upheld,” Paul Linton, special counsel with the Thomas More Society, said Friday.
Separately, opponents and supporters of gay marriage in Illinois are planning huge rallies around Oct. 22, when state lawmakers come back for a special session and are likely to consider a bill to begin performing gay marriages.
In February, the Illinois Senate passed such a bill and it was expected to be easily passed in the House as well. But the bill stalled, due to vocal opposition from a coalition of black pastors, religious leaders and traditional-values groups.
Illinois lawmakers enacted a civil-union law in 2011 as a way to provide the rights and responsibilities of marriage same-sex couples. However, gay rights groups — as evidenced in New Jersey — dismiss civil-union and domestic-partnership laws as relegating gay couples to second-class status.