IL Same-sex marriage lawsuit moves forward

Sep 27, 2013

A lawsuit aiming to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois is moving forward.  IPR’s Tony Arnold reports.

 Cook County Judge Sophia Hall refused to throw out a lawsuit filed by 25 same-sex couples who want to get married in Illinois.

 Paul Linton is the attorney who’s defending the state constitution’s current language, saying marriage is between a man and a woman.

 He says there are two reasons to be against same-sex marriage.

  LINTON: It advances the interest in the procreation of children and providing a stable legal environment and social environment in which the children, so procreated, can be raised.

 Linton says lawmakers should be the ones to legalize same-sex marriage - not a judge.

 But lawmakers have not supported such a bill.

 Meantime - attorneys for the same-sex couples bringing the lawsuit say the judge’s ruling is a victory.

 They say it just narrows the scope of legal arguments they can use as the case moves through the court system.

 Another hearing is scheduled for next month.