DEM and GOP Illinois Legislators File Court Brief Opposing Marriage Equality Lawsuit
Welcome to the truly fucked up Midwest.
A bipartisan group of 11 Illinois legislators, both Democrat and Republicans backed by the anti-gay Thomas More Society has filed an amicus brief last week in support of dismissing the landmark lawsuit by Lambda Legal and the ACLU challenging the state’s same sex marriage ban.The two lawsuits, filed last May by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and advocacy group Lambda Legal challenge Illinois marriage law on a constitutional basis. The couples represented in the lawsuits were denied marriage licenses when they tried to apply. Marriage is defined as between a man and woman in Illinois. Attorneys say they should be able to marry under due process and equality clauses in Illinois’ constitution.
Led by Bill Haine (D-Alton), Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Westmont) the lawmakers contend that allowing the court to rule on the issue would create a super-legislature, override the democratic process and infringe on religious liberties and should therefore be dismissed
Specifically, the group of lawmakers asserts that the court would become a super-legislature, wielding power above the state legislature and “nullifying laws it does not like,” according to a statement.
“That is not our proper role in a democratic society,” the lawmakers statement read and continued that such a ruling would “dramatically interfere with the constitutional guarantee of separation of powers by which the general assembly is empowered to make public policy…”
In addition to constitutional claims, the legislators say their sociological arguments should be considered. They claim that families with biological opposite-sex parents are better for children and that a ruling in favor of marriage equality would create hostility towards the state’s “religious minorities” such as the Catholic Conference.
Interestingly this is the same argument that was made in a request to intervene in the suit filed by the Illinois Family Institute, a Southern Poverty Law Center classified anti-gay hate group July 13.
That any Democratic politician would publicly lend their name to support such bigotry, hate and non-LGBT Equality is beyond disgusting and they should be publicly called out on it and sanctioned by the Democratic party
Democratic Bill Haine (D-Alton)
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Alton, Illinois Office – 618) 465-4764