Thomas More Society Says Illinois Lawsuit by Same-Sex Couple Has No Legal Basis


The Thomas More Society is calling for the dismissal of two lawsuits brought by Illinois same-sex marriage activists, represented by the ACLU and Lambda Legal, attacking the state's law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman:

"Yesterday, constitutional scholar Paul Linton cited overwhelming legal authority that contradicts and undermines plaintiffs' ostensible legal basis for their attack on marriage," said Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society. "Plaintiffs' counsel repeatedly argued that homosexual couples shouldn't be denied the right to marry because they love each other. But this ignores the purpose of marriage, which is founded on the biological, scientific truth that only male-female unions may be blessed with offspring -- little boys and girls -- whether planned or unplanned, for which the institution of marriage affords a stable framework within which these infants may be nurtured, reared, and educated to adulthood.

"Stretching plaintiffs' rationale to the limits of their logic, why or how could they bar or limit the legality of 'marriages' between brothers and sisters, so long as they profess 'love' toward one another, or between cousins of close consanguinity, let alone polygamy, or polyandry, or even polyamory. Thus the plaintiffs' rationale goes far beyond the pale, founders on its own illogic, and affords no good reason at all for overturning our traditional, classic understanding of this vital social institution..." -Standard News Wire

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