Peoria Public Radio Staff
Fri September 27, 2013
IL Same-sex marriage lawsuit moves forward
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.