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Illinois clerks get OK to defend gay marriage ban

BY TAMMY WEBBER, ASSOCIATED PRESS

St. Thomas MoreCHICAGO -- Two Illinois county clerks have received permission to defend the state's gay marriage ban in court.

Effingham County Clerk Kerry Hirtzel and Tazewell County Clerk Christie Webb on Tuesday got the OK to intervene in the lawsuit filed in Cook County by 25 gay and lesbian couples. They stepped forward after Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan refused to defend the 16-year-old ban, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

The prosecutors say the law violates the Illinois Constitution's equal protection clause. But they didn't object to the downstate clerks' intervention.

The Thomas More Society is representing the clerks.

Webb says she has no position on gay marriage but just wants to ensure there's a uniform law for all counties.

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Congratulations to Thomas More Society. By representing this case, they'll receive hundreds of millions of dollars is FREE publicity as well as (most likely) millions of actual dollars from supporters of this cause.

Very savvy act on their part.

May all those represented by the Thomas More Society come under review to help the general public learn how best to spend their money.

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