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Illinois state Attorney General Lisa Madigan (left)and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, both Democrats, agree with gay plaintiffs that the state's marriage law violates their right to equal protection and won't defend it in court. But private legal groups have stepped in to fill that breach. (Associated Press)

Illinois state Attorney General Lisa Madigan (left)and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, both Democrats, agree with gay plaintiffs that the state's marriage law violates their right to equal protection and won't defend it in court. But private legal groups have stepped in to fill that breach. (Associated Press)

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