A pair of downstate county clerks will be permitted to join a fight to defend the state's gay marriage ban. Tazewell County Clerk Christie Webb and Effingham County Clerk Kerry Hirtzel were given permission Tuesday by a Chicago judge to defend the state against a pair of lawsuits. Two lawsuits, contesting the state ban, were recently filed by multiple, same sex couples, denied marriage licenses in Cook County. On Friday, Webb and Hirtzel decided to intervene after Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan refused to defend the ban against the lawsuits. Webb tells WMBD 31 news she is not taking sides in the issue but hoping the process creates a uniform law.
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