Attorneys, gay couple react to gay marriage ruling

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CHICAGO (AP) - Attorneys for both sides are reacting to an Illinois judge's decision that a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage can continue.
   
Camilla Taylor is an attorney with Lambda Legal, representing 25 couples who filed for marriage licenses in Cook County and were denied. Taylor said after Friday's ruling in Chicago that it will be "a very bad day for the defendants" when the case is decided.
   
Meanwhile attorney Paul Linton represents five downstate Illinois county clerks who are defending the state's ban. Linton says he's confident his clients will prevail.
   
And Patrick Bova of Chicago has been with his partner Jim Darby for decades. Bova says the couple can marry elsewhere in the country but want to wed in Illinois, their home state.

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CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois judge promises to rule on the future of a lawsuit seeking to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.
   
The lawsuit was filed last year by 25 gay couples who want the right to marry.
   
Cook County Judge Sophia Hall is expected to rule Friday on a motion to dismiss the case.
   
Lawyers for five downstate county clerks who are defending the ban want the case tossed. Plaintiffs' attorneys want the judge to let the lawsuit stand - then rule immediately that they won the lawsuit and that the ban is illegal.
   
The clerks won permission to defend the ban after Cook County's top prosecutor and the Illinois attorney general refused to do so, saying the 17-year-old ban violates the state constitution.
   
Illinois legalized civil unions two years ago.

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