Quinn to let courts decide same-sex marriage motion

June 15, 2012 4:19:25 PM PDT
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said he'll let the courts sort out the motion by States Attorney Anita Alvarez to have the state's same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional.

Alvarez filed her motion yesterday to support a lawsuit brought by 25 couples against Cook County David Orr.

Orr himself filed a response agreeing with its premise of the suit: that it discriminates against same-sex couples who apply for a marriage license.

"We passed the civil union law a year ago," Quinn said. "That's worked out very well in Illinois. As this lawsuit begins, we'll see how that goes through the courts."

Critics of same-sex marriage say Alvarez's motion does not reflect the will of Illinois voters.