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FILE - In this file photo taken Feb. 9, 2012, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, DC. Opponents of a gay marriage ban in Illinois don’t have to worry about a fight from attorneys who would normally be responsible for defending the state’s laws. Madigan and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez both have refused to defend the ban, saying it violates the state constitution That sets up a scenario where a judge quickly could strike down the 16-year-old law. The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal filed separate lawsuits against Cook County Clerk David Orr. He’s responsible for issuing marriage licenses in the county. Alvarez represents Orr. And she says they both agreed with the plaintiffs. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) File

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