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Case Name Lee v. Orr PB-IL-0011
Docket / Court 1:13-cv-08719 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Public Benefits / Government Services
Special Collection Same-Sex Marriage
Attorney Organization ACLU National (all projects)
Lambda Legal
Case Summary
Plaintiffs -- four same-sex Illinois couples who wished to marry--filed this case on December 6, 2013, in the U.S. district court for the Northern District of Illinois. They sued the Cook County Clerk; the state attorney general intervened. Plaintiffs brought the suit just a month after the ... read more >
Plaintiffs -- four same-sex Illinois couples who wished to marry--filed this case on December 6, 2013, in the U.S. district court for the Northern District of Illinois. They sued the Cook County Clerk; the state attorney general intervened. Plaintiffs brought the suit just a month after the Illinois legislature enacted Senate Bill 10, which amends the Illinois Marriage Act to allow same-sex couples to be legally married in Illinois. S.B. 10, Ill. 98th Gen. Assemb., First Reg. Sess. (Ill. 2013). This amendment, however, was set to become effective months later, on June 1, 2014.

Some of the plaintiffs explained that they had an immediate need to marry because of life-threatening illness. On December 10, 2013, their motion for emergency relief for all Sam-sex couples facing this situation was granted by Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman. Two weeks later, plaintiffs sought summary judgment more broadly, asserting that the continuation of the ban on same-sex marriage violated their due process and equal protection rights. The defendant and intervenor agreed that the court should find for the plaintiffs, and on February 21, 2014, the court accordingly granted summary judgment in their favor, holding that the Illinois ban on same-sex marriage frustrates the individual and class plaintiffs' desire to marry in their home state by denying them equal protection under the law and infringing on their fundamental right to marry. The court held unconstitutional the same-sex marriage ban of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, 750 ILCS 5/201.

- 02/21/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
Sexual orientatation
General
Disparate Treatment
Gay/lesbian/transgender
Marriage
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action None on record
Defendant(s) Cook County Clerk
Plaintiff Description All persons who reside in Illinois who apply for marriage licenses and who, but for their sex, satisfy all legal requirements for marriage under Illinois law, and a subclass of class members who have a need to marry prior to June 1, 2014 due to a life-threatening illness of one of them.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU National (all projects)
Lambda Legal
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Declaratory Judgment
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Settlement
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 2014 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2014
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Docket(s)
1:13-cv-08719 (N.D. Ill.) 02/21/2014
PB-IL-0011-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief 12/06/2013
PB-IL-0011-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order [Granting Temporary Injunctive Relief] 12/10/2013 (2013 WL 6490577) (N.D. Ill.)
PB-IL-0011-0005.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment 12/24/2013
PB-IL-0011-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment 12/24/2013
PB-IL-0011-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order [Granting Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment] 02/21/2014 (2014 WL 683680) (N.D. Ill.)
PB-IL-0011-0004.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judges Coleman, Sharon Johnson (N.D. Ill.)
PB-IL-0011-0004 | PB-IL-0011-0005 | PB-IL-0011-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Beem, Marc Oliver (Illinois)
PB-IL-0011-0001 | PB-IL-0011-0002 | PB-IL-0011-0003 | PB-IL-0011-9000
Clark, Christopher R (Illinois)
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Dawson, Kay L. (Illinois)
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Freeman, Zachary J (Illinois)
PB-IL-0011-0001 | PB-IL-0011-0002 | PB-IL-0011-0003 | PB-IL-0011-9000
Gartel, Lally (Illinois)
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Grossman, Harvey (Illinois)
PB-IL-0011-0001 | PB-IL-0011-0002 | PB-IL-0011-0003 | PB-IL-0011-9000
Heinz, William D. (Illinois)
PB-IL-0011-9000
Heinz, Jordan Mitchell (Illinois)
PB-IL-0011-0001 | PB-IL-0011-0002 | PB-IL-0011-0003
Huszagh, Richard Scott (Illinois)
PB-IL-0011-9000
Kim, Christopher J. (Illinois)
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Knight, John A. (Illinois)
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Nicklin, Emily (Illinois)
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Press, Jeremy Mark (Illinois)
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Rao, Malini (Illinois)
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Sheley, Karen A (Illinois)
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Taylor, Camilla B. (Illinois)
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Weisman, M. David (Illinois)
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Defendant's Lawyers Baker, Sisavanh Baccam (Illinois)
PB-IL-0011-9000
Fangman, Paul Leo (Illinois)
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Ray, Kent Stephen (Illinois)
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Other Lawyers None on record

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