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UPDATE: Illinois same sex marriage lawsuit to be heard next month

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A Cook County judge will decide in September whether to dismiss a case challenging the Illinois ban on same sex marriage.

The lawsuit involves 25 couples who filed for marriage licenses in Cook County and were denied. Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez refuses to defend the ban and says it violates the state constitution's equal protection clause. Attorney General Lisa Madigan will also deliver arguments against the ban.

Circuit Judge Sophia Hall will rule on September 27 after hearing almost two hours of arguments Tuesday.

In 2011 civil unions were approved in Illinois, but attempts to legalize gay marriage have been stalled.

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