ACLU Lawsuit to Challenge IL Gay Marriage Ban

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) -- More than two dozen gay and lesbian couples are planning to file lawsuits in an effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois.

Two lawsuits will be filed Wednesday in Cook County by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and the New York-based gay rights group Lambda Legal. Attorneys say they challenge the Illinois law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

Illinois lawmakers approved same-sex civil unions last year, but plaintiffs say denying them the right to marry is unconstitutional.

Plaintiffs include a Chicago couple who've been together 15 years. The women say only marriage will recognize their love and commitment to each other.

Similar lawsuits have been filed in other states. In Iowa, a lawsuit resulted in the state Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage.

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  • by tom Location: machesney on May 30, 2012 at 07:39 AM
    I love my mother can I marry her. I love my brother can I marry him. This is way out of control and I think America is very mixed up and cant be fixed. You dont vote for politicians for one issue or a president for one issue. Gay people will vote for Obama because he said he believes gay marrage is ok,whatever think he really believes that,or just wants ur vote. Bottom line is these politicians or most of them probly think it is sick and dont condone or teach gay and lesbian thoughts to there own children,all they have to say is that,they agree with it,and they get your vote. Bottom line is people really have forgotton the real reason why we vote for a president,and it is not for what we can get out of our Government,its so we can keep our freedom,and keep government out of our lives. If gay marrage is ok then its ok if I want to marry my dog,have sex with my cat,I love that, think I could get a politician to agree with me probly if I vote for him/her. Maybe we could add gay and lesbian class at all of the churches,well except the muslim mosques its against there religion,they would just stone you instead of even having this conversation. I mean really could you see Obama come out on stage and say um this is my partner and its like lil wayne or something,miss president would stomp on him,and then he would explain to her its ok. lol this whole thing is hilarious. Wise up folks.
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      by Bill on May 30, 2012 at 01:07 PM in reply to tom
      So you want gay marriage banned so "we can keep our freedom and keep government out of our lives?" That makes a lot of sense, genious. Marriage should be kept out of government, we should only allow civil unions for all gay or straight. If religion wants to ban gay marriage that's fine no one is saying they have to perform it.
  • by Again on May 30, 2012 at 06:17 AM
    Some many more important things for the state to deal with than this. We should worry about this crap after the shooting stops.
  • by whiskeygirl on May 30, 2012 at 04:24 AM
    Iv got a great story for you. The orginator of rockfords pridefest jun 9 12 is part of the 2 dozens gay couples challening il gay marriage ban. How awesome is that
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      by not awesome on May 30, 2012 at 08:10 AM in reply to whiskeygirl
      What a waste of time and money for our state.
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